The non-governmental organisation African Parks will manage the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique, under a contract signed with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), under the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, the NGO said in a recent statement.
ANAC intends the 25-year contract with African Parks, a South African-based NGO that manages more than a dozen natural parks in eight African countries, to promote tourist activities in the archipelago, thus helping to protect resident wildlife, which includes hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, terrestrial and aquatic mammals and 2,000 species of fish.
The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park has been a protected area since 1971, occupying an area of 1,430 square kilometres, which is being threatened by illegal fishing and unregulated tourism, “which is threatening the eco-system and its corresponding economic value,” according to African Parks.
African Parks’ business plan includes training of residents to enable them to work in the tourist industry or to launch their own businesses, land and air patrols in order to stop illegal fishing, as well as monitoring some of the animal species, particularly those classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). (macauhub)