AFRICAN Parks have signed a US$3 million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian government for the implementation of a Priority Support Plan for the protection of Kafue National Park.
The Priority Support Plan will increase technical and financial support for the Park over a period of 12 months.
The MoU would help Zambia to realize the potential of the Kafue National Park which is Zambia’s prime tourist destination and an internationally renowned wildlife sanctuary.
The MoU was signed by African Parks’ CEO Peter Fearnhead and Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela yesterday.
Kafue National Park is situated in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area, the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA TFCA), which straddles the boundaries of five countries, forming one cross-border ecosystem the size of France.
Kafue’s Priority Support Plan will be funded through Dutch Postcode Lottery’s dreamfund grant, a 16.9 million Euro contribution awarded to the World Wide Fund for Nature, African Parks and Peace Parks Foundation to assist KAZA partner states in securing the TFCA through integrated initiatives.
Kafue is Zambia’s largest wildlife sanctuary, covering 22,400km2 of intact savannah and a network of water channels dominated by the Kafue River.
It represents one of the last expansive tracts of the iconic Zambezian ecoregion, providing a singular opportunity to conserve significant populations of savannah wildlife, including elephants, large predators and 21 species of antelope – the highest diversity of antelope on the continent.