A cross-border conservation programme in Africa, which boasts an ecosystem spanning the size of France, has been awarded €16.9 million ($19.1 million) funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
The Kavango Zambezi nature reserve, known as KAZA, is a unique place which stretches out over five countries in Southern Africa, straddling the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It houses the largest inland river delta, and the world famous Victoria Waterfalls. KAZA is also home to approximately half of Africa’s savannah elephants, 25% of its wild dogs, nearly 20% of its lions, and 15% of the world’s wild cheetahs.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery grant will support the combined efforts of African Parks, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Peace Parks Foundation, in partnership with the KAZA Secretariat, to develop safe havens for the active protection of wildlife and biodiversity, establish connectivity through ecological corridors for migratory animals, and secure healthy rivers and catchment areas for the provision of fresh water.
The partners aim to create a cross-border nature reserve, encourage sustainable agriculture to improve food security, protect the region’s wildlife populations and freshwater supply of the Kwando River, connect isolated areas of the park, tackle poaching, counter the effects of climate change, safeguard and sustainably harness shared resources across borders, enhance the well-being of local communities, and create economic opportunities through tourism in the immense and unique KAZA reserve.
African Parks CEO Peter Fearnhead: “The Dutch Postcode Lottery and their players have provided an astounding contribution to one of the continent’s most important transboundary landscapes. Their transformational grant mobilises a unique collaboration between government and NGO partners to secure this vital network of protected areas and natural systems, assuring the KAZA TCFA’s integrity as a foundation for social, ecological, and economic sustainability in the region.”
Image Credit: African Parks/Mana Meadows
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