02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
BWABWATA, 01 SEP (NAMPA) The Federal Republic of Germany has pledged to support Namibias tourism sector with a N.dollars 167 million donation to improve infrastructure and the living standard of people living in the Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region.
The announcement of the donation was made by Germanys Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller on Saturday at the official inauguration of the newly constructed park management station at Buffalo in the Bwabwata National Park.
The inauguration was attended by Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo and a delegation from the German Financial Cooperation in Namibia.
The station was constructed to the tune of N.dollars 32 million through Namibias long-term joint development of Namibias Parks Programme, known as NamParks, with the German government to improve Namibias national parks.
In his remarks, Müller said the donation is to give support to communities living in the area because it is not easy to live and work in areas like the Bwabwata National Park.
He said the money is also meant to develop tourism since tourism is an important sector of the economy, and an additional support for the region because of the different problems it faces such as a lack of roads.
The German minister said the world can learn from Namibias protected areas because Namibia is a model of how nature conservation, economic interest, and popular participation can come together.
Müller stressed that Namibia is the first country in Africa to include the protection of wildlife in its Constitution for the benefit of the people, as almost 45 per cent of the land is protected or being used sustainably.
A third of the worlds black rhinos are found in Namibias 20 national parks. Wild dogs, elephants live and move through your parks which translate that sustainable protection of natural resources means giving the people to have the chance to share the benefits, said Müller.
He further said environmental protection, poverty reduction, maintaining biological diversity and benefiting the people are two sides of the same coin and that is why the two countries are working together to build infrastructure and improve the management of the parks.