A US$60,000 yearly contribution to support the functioning of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) Project was approved Wednesday in Menongue, Angolan southeastern Kuando Kubango province, by the ministers or representatives of the five countries involved in the undertaking.
The foundation stone for the construction of the Angola’s headquarters of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) Project was laid the day before in the municipality of Kuito Kuanavale, south-eastern Kuando Kubango province.
The two-storey infrastructure will be built over an area of 2,600 square metres comprising all necessary compartments.
According to the official representing Angola, Amélia Cazalma, who released the information at the end of a meeting on Wednesday of ministers, the amount has been approved, despite being considered insufficient.
The meeting’s spokesperson informed that the meeting also approved the implementation of the KAZA TFCA Project, mainly to enable the communities to develop tourism and improve their living, reduce poverty and generate jobs.
It is intended that the member countries make a yearly contribution so that the institution gains sustainability.
She added that it is a must that the five countries involved contribute to ensure independence from any external factors.
The official also said that the donor countries contributed US$12 million, adding that Angola has so far released at least US$1 million.
|Fast facts about KAZA TFCA:|
|KAZA TFCA||Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area|
|Area||444 000 sq. km|
|Number of national parks and game reserves within the zone||Zambia – 4Namibia – 3Botswana – 4Zimbabwe – 4
Angola – 2
On the other hand, Amélia Cazalma said the meeting also looked into the visa issue she considered a big challenge for the KAZA Project.
According to her, the intention is to create a KAZA/Visa that enables tourists from the five countries involved to circulate in the region without any constraints.
Another challenge Amelia Cazalma mentioned has to do with the human resources issue also reviewed at the meeting.
She added the matter will be looked into in depth during the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) General Assembly scheduled for Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Chaired by the Angolan minister of Hotels and Tourism, Pedro Mutindi, the meeting was attended by the ministers of KAZA member countries, namely Namibia, Uaherkua Herunga, and Zambia, Silvia Masebo. Botswana and Zimbabwe were represented by lower ranking officials.
KAZA, as it is also known, comprises Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. It is situated within the Kavango and Zambezi River basins and spanning over 444 000 sq. km, is the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area comprising multiple resource use areas including National Parks, Game Reserves, Forest Reserves, Conservancies, Game/Wildlife Management Areas and Communal lands.
The natural resources contained in the KAZA TFCA are critical to the sustainable development of the region on account of their inherent and enormous socio-economic value. Furthermore, the biodiversity in the TFCA has the potential to insulate the region from the effects of climate change.
Date: 8 August 2013