05 Aug 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia, Onno Hückmann says his country is convinced that the Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservancy Area (KAZA TFCA) is a flagship initiative which is of global importance.
He said this while speaking on Thursday during the inauguration of national parks infrastructure at the Susuwe Station in the Bwabwata National Park, which is situated in the Caprivi Region.
The event also saw the launch of an integrated development plan for the Namibian component of the KAZA TFCA.
The Federal Government of Germany is convinced that in times which demand wise decisions when it comes to resource utilisation and management, KAZA TFCA is a flagship initiative of global importance, which benefits the countries involved, foster regional integration, and improves the livelihood of those living within its boundaries, he stressed.
KAZA TFCA is a partnership between Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe which combines 36 national parks, game reserves, community forests, conservancies, and game management areas into the worlds greatest conservation area. The surface area is more than 444 000 square kilometres.
The area is however more than a mega trans-boundary park. It both protects precious natural resources and improves the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people living within it.
KAZA TFCA was launched in 2012 and a permanent secretariat is based in Kasane, Botswana.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Executive Director of the KAZA TFCA Secretariat Dr Victor Siamudaala noted that the KAZA partner countries are steadily moving towards attaining its vision of establishing a world-class conservation area and premier tourism destination by 2013.
He said since the signing of the KAZA Treaty in 2011, achievements amongst others included the construction of 20 elephant protection walls around community water wells in the area west of the Khaudum National Park; the establishment of five chilli production plots to supply chilli for the Human-Wildlife-Conflict (HWC) Mitigation Programme; financial support of more than N.dollars 1 million to 18 conservancies towards the implementation of the HWC Self Insurance Scheme; procurement of five motor vehicles for the protection area management and community-based natural resource management; development of the Namibian-component Integrated Development Plan (2013 to 2017); as well as procurement of various equipment to promote effective management of conservancies.
The Namibian-component of the KAZA TFCA is critical to regional development, particularly in terms of trans-boundary movement of wildlife and fisheries management. We are pleased with the high levels of local community support towards the process of securing wildlife corridors, Hückmann added.
To address key issues and attain the objectives of both Namibia and KAZA TFCA, priority areas that were identified included effective and efficient management and development of the north-east parks with a total cost over a five-year period of more than N.dollars 46 million; support and development of the Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Programme as a critical component, specifically with regards to the conservancies and community forests in the area at a cost of more than N.dollars 61 million; as well as the development and implementation of an appropriate institutional framework for co-ordination and integrated service delivery at a cost of nearly N.dollars 3,7 million.