Ecosystem restoration elevates tourism progress in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Restauração do ecossistema eleva progresso do turismo no Parque Transfronteiriço do Limpopo

Restoration of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park ecosystem raises its potential for nature-based tourism development.

The idea was defended, recently, by the vice-president of the Peace Parks Foundation, Joaquim Chissano, in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Great Limpopo conservation areas treaty, marked by the reintroduction of 10 rhinos in the Zinave National Park, Mabote district, Inhambane province.

He stressed that with the reintroduction of these species in the "Zinave" the cycle of the introduction of certain mammals is closed. He added that with the arrival of the rhinos, a park with the so-called big five is constituted.

"We are aware that with the arrival of these animals, enforcement must be redoubled and we are ready to collaborate with the government in this challenge. The protection of biodiversity has the support of various institutions that have been key to the reduction of poaching," said Chissano, quoted by the newspaper Notícias.

Joaquim Chissano said that the Defence and Security Forces and the justice institutions have done everything possible to complement the work done by the nature conservation inspectors and technicians. He reiterated his commitment to continue working with the governments of neighboring countries in the control of poaching, through the provision of training, adequate equipment, and the application of technology in the protection of species.

"Our collaboration, during those years, impacted the reduction of stealth actions happening from Mozambique to South Africa in the period 2018 to 2020. The cases went down from 508 to 121, but we recognize that there is still a lot of work to do to get to zero," he said.

The Peace Parks Foundation will continue to work to ensure the conservation of biodiversity in order to serve citizens by improving the quality of life through the creation of jobs. To this end, pillars have been established for collaboration with countries committed to this cause.

"We are proud of the excellent collaboration with the governments of Mozambique, the Republics of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe in the efforts of the creation and maintenance of the common conservation areas," he said.

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