Pohamba Shifeta inagurates Khaudum National Park station.

28 Oct 2017 17:50pm
RUNDU, 27 OCT (NAMPA) – Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta on Thursday officially inaugurated two park stations worth N.dollars 80 million in Khaudum National Park in the Kavango East Region.
The park stations, one near the entrance and the other at Sekerete in the south of the national park, are the latest outcome of a cooperation project between the Namibian Government and Germany through its development Bank KfW.
They comprise 24 new staff houses for MET officials with a state-of-the-art solar powered electrical system that has a purified hot water system. The project also includes offices and a refurbished attractive park entrance.
In his speech, Pohamba Shifeta said tourism depends highly on wildlife and is identified as one of the economic pillars in the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).
He said wildlife contributes significantly to the livelihoods of local communities in rural areas like Khaudum and other conservancies such as George Mukoya and Muduva Nyangana.
Shifeta commended the German government for the support.
“The Namibian Government’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism would like to appreciate and thank the continuous support of the German Government through KfW which has enabled us to plan and complete the park stations, one here and Sikerete in the south of the park,’’ he said.
German Ambassador Christian Schlaga said the park stations were designed to provide effective park wildlife management to ensure the safety of biodiversity in country.
He commended the Namibian Government for the cooperation between the two countries and assured continued assistance in the development of the country’s wildlife sector.
The construction was part of the latest phase of the Namibia National Parks Programme (NamParks) which has been running since 2006.