UN joins project for preservation of biodiversity in Angola

8 July 2016

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is involved in a project to recover the Iona National Park, the largest conservation area in Angola, said the director of the country’s Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation Areas.

Abijah Wongo told Angolan National Radio that this project, with an estimated cost of US$10 million, also has as partners the Angolan central government, the European Union and the Global Environment Fund (GEF).

The area occupied by the Iona National Park, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast Park and the Namib-Naukluft National Park totals 1,200 kilometres of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

The UNDP support will allow the areas where there were no longer animals to be visited by tourists, including if the province of Kuando Kubango where the end of the Angolan civil war has made way for wildlife to return.

The idea is to protect the conservation areas from the threat of poachers from countries in the region, which illegally hunt animals such as elephants for ivory trafficking. (macauhub/AO)