New management stations for two national parks

07 Jul 2016 13:40pm
KHAUDUM, 07 JUL (NAMPA) - Three new park management stations worth N.dollars 136 million will be constructed at the Khaudum and Nkasa Rupara national parks in the Kavango East and Zambezi regions.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the beginning of the construction was held at Khaudum on Tuesday.
The stations are being constructed by the Namibian and German governments at Khaudum and Sikeretti in the Khaudum National Park and at Shisinze in the Nkasa Rupara National Park.
The German government, through the German Development Bank (KFW), is availing N.dollars 107 million while Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism will provide N.dollars 29 million for the development.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu said the ministry has been planning for some time now to upgrade the infrastructure and staff accommodation in Khaudum and other national parks.
“Each park will provide good quality houses for all staff plus an attractive visitor reception building, offices, workshops, roads, fences, electrical and water supplies,” he said.
A total of 61 houses will be constructed in the two parks.
The new houses will be a huge improvement on the dilapidated wooden buildings which most staff live in.
Work on the stations is expected to be completed by July next year by contractors, Nexus Building.
The Khaudum and Nkasa Rupara national parks form part of the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Fontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
KAZA TFCA covers nearly 520 000 kilometres, which makes it the largest trans-frontier conservation area in the world.
The area comprises 20 national parks, 85 forest reserves, 22 conservancies, 11 sanctuaries and 114 wildlife management areas.