MET constructs N.dollars 32 million buffalo park management station

28 Aug 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has constructed a N.dollars 32 million buffalo park management station in the Bwabwata National Park, in an effort to efficiently manage the park.
The Bwabwata National Park is a protected area situated in the Zambezi and Kavango East regions, extending along the Caprivi Strip.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday by MET Chief Public Relations Officer, Romeo Muyunda, said the station was constructed with the assistance of the German Development Cooperation and co-financed by the ministry.
The statement noted that the new station marks another milestone of a long-term joint development Namibia Parks Programme, known as ‘NamParks’ with the German Government to improve Namibia’s National Parks.
The NamParks programme has invested more than N.dollars 450 million since 2006 in more than six national parks across the country.
“The efforts of the Namibian-German Cooperation to develop Namibian national parks are steadily contributing to effective park management,” he said.
The statement further indicated that the programme’s integrated approach involves neighbouring communities and other stakeholders in active collaboration and the resulting benefits maintain a permanent interest in the protection and well-being of the parks.
It emphasised that building important park infrastructure will enable the ministry to successfully manage the park and its support zones in cooperation with resident communities, while also protecting the park’s unique flora and fauna.
The park station will further assist in securing national and transboundary migratory routes for wildlife as well as managing and increasing tourism development in the park.
It includes 10 two-bedroom houses for senior park management staff, 10 one-bedroom houses for junior park management; a control gate across the B8 national road; tourist reception; an administration building; service building; recreation room; ablution block with six toilets; six camping sites and a borehole.
The station further includes a predator and elephant-proof electrified fence around the entire station; modern technology and a ‘containerised waste water treatment plant’.
The park is expected to be officially inaugurated on 31 August 2019 by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, along with the German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller.