KAVANGO ZAMBEZI

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TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA (KAZA TFCA)

 

Tourism Without Boundaries
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The German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, visited the largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area in the world, the Kavango–Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) covering Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, on 27-28 August 2018 in Kasane, Botswana.

Dr. Müller expressed his appreciation for the work being done in the region and iterated how stable and peaceful the area has become. He further added that the German government is, “committed to providing both technical and financial support to KAZA.” In Kasane he attended a dinner hosted by the KAZA Secretariat with by representatives of all the five partner states and collaborating partners such as KfW, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), IUCN, and USAID VukaNow.

Dr. Müller reiterated his commitment to the region and the importance of regional peace and stability during an interview with the media in Victoria Falls town, Zimbabwe.

Earlier this year, on behalf of the five partner countries, Botswana signed Phase III of funding from the Federal Republic of Germany to the amount of €15.5 million. Funding from the German government through KfW was first received in 2006 and extends German-SADC development cooperation in transboundary natural resource management and conservation, which amounts up to €126 million in total for Technical Cooperation through GIZ and financial cooperation through KfW.

Dr. Nyambe Nyambe, Executive Director of KAZA stated that Phase III will put special emphasis on communities where tangible benefits can be felt. In the past, infrastructure and institutional development were the focus, but more support will now be provided to communities and conservation impact on the ground.

Dr. Müller also emphasized that, “The lives of local communities need to be improved.”

Since its formation in 2006, KAZA has achieved major milestones. The KAZA TFCA process evolved from two initiatives namely, the Okavango Upper Zambezi International Tourism Initiative (OUZIT) and the “Four Corners” Transboundary Natural Resource Management initiative. From the institutional development by the establishment of the KAZA secretariat and various working and coalition groups, to the involvement of traditional leaders who play an active role in the crafting of solutions, implementation of program and monitoring of impacts. Since the signing of the KAZA TFCA Treaty in 2011, there has been constant support to park infrastructure development. A highlight activity was the official launch of the KAZA UNIVISA pilot project between the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe. KAZA continues to support community development projects as well as human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures.

It should also be recognized that the KAZA brand has been able leverage funds, with various partners aligning their strategies, fundraising and implementation efforts in support of KAZA TFCA vision according to Dr. Nyambe. The continual growth and recognition of KAZA as a tourism and investment brand, will ensure that both humans and wildlife can co-exist harmoniously. Not only is peaceful co-existence possible, the work KAZA is doing will alleviate poverty in the region and be an example of a thriving ecosystem for the world where both humans and wildlife flourish.

KAZA TFCA Secretariat in collaboration with WWF Namibia office recently hosted a workshop, from 7 to 9 August 2018 in Kasane, Botswana, to develop a strategic planning framework for the conservation and management of elephants in the KAZA TFCA.

The workshop drew participants from the Wildlife Authorities from the KAZA TFCA Partner Countries together with elephant conservation and management specialists, the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and other technical resource persons.  

Officially opening the workshop, Botswana’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Thato Raphaka noted that “… the five partner states have a major responsibility on behalf of elephant conservation and society at large to ensure the present and future wellbeing of these populations”. He called for the assessment of existing legal and policy frameworks and strategies to ensure that they are aligned to the conservation of the elephant as a flagship species for the KAZA TFCA.

Of critical importance, and a regional priority is for Partner States and all affected stakeholders to determine how best to facilitate transboundary movement of elephants.  The Permanent Secretary reminded the participants of the major constraints to the long-term management of KAZA’s elephants which include:

  • differing approaches to the management of elephants and other shared resources;
  • insufficient community empowerment and limited benefits from wildlife;
  • inadequate transboundary capacity and coordination for combatting poaching and illegal wildlife trade;
  • insufficient monitoring and adaptive management systems;
  • lack of knowledge of ongoing and upcoming changes in elephant habitat; and
  • critical gaps in coordinated transboundary elephant conservation.

Mr. Raphaka further emphasized that any reporting of information from research on elephants must be disseminated in a responsible manner, stressing: “we have to be scientifically and politically sensitive to issues around elephant management. We also need to be sensitive to people issues around the KAZA areas.”

The anticipated outcomes of the workshop were to: 1) create and increase the awareness of senior wildlife officials regarding the present status of elephants in KAZA, and the current and future likely threats and their drivers facing elephants; 2)  understand consequent of future policy implications and need for a decision-making process within a structured strategic planning framework for elephant conservation; 3) recognize the need for a robust baseline for elephant abundance and distribution across the KAZA landscape, and factors influencing these; 4) recognize the need for an improved and greater cross-sectoral understanding of infrastructural, agricultural, water and rural development planning processes that are likely to impact upon elephant conservation across the KAZA landscape; and 5) develop a future vision for KAZA elephants with associated strategic objectives and a set of prioritized short to medium term actions as part of the strategic planning framework.

Key outputs of the three days’ workshop included drafts of the following: Vision statement; Strategic objectives; and shot term and medium-term actions. Participants developed a work plan with clear timelines and allocation of responsibilities for the finalization of the planning framework in consultation with the Partner States. The framework will be a very useful resource mobilization by the five Partner States either as a collective or at a national level. It is also expected to serve as a tool for reinforcing already ongoing collaboration and coordination of effort among the Partner States.  

In closing the workshop on behalf of the host country, Mr. Tim Blackbeard, Regional Wildlife Officer, Ngamiland, underscored the importance of regional collaboration in the management of the shared elephant population and encouraged the KAZA TFCA Secretariat to ensure that it plays its role in the facilitation of implementation of the framework. He expressed his gratitude of the attendance by all, commended the organizers and the workshop facilitation team, and recognized the financial support which was provided by WWF, Namibia Office.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:00

KAZA ZAMBEZI GOLF CLASSIC 2018

Golfing Without Boundaries

Golfing in Harmony with Nature

 

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area (KAZA TFCA) will be hosting a Kavango-Zambezi Joint Golf Classic Tournament in three KAZA TFCA partner countries being Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The tournament will kickoff on the 3rd of July 2018 in Choma, Zambia at Choma Golf course, 6th of July 2018 will be hosted by Botswana in Kasane at Mowana Golf Course and lastly, Zimbabwe on the 7th of July 2018 at Elephant Hills Golf course.

 

KAVANGO- ZAMBEZI GOLF CLASSIC is a unique annual golf ensemble to celebrate, showcase and market the largest Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) in the world. Multi-national field of golfers participate and tee-off in an event which is growing steadily in size and form. The golf event provides an exciting setting and a high profile golfing opportunity for all KAZA TFCA stakeholders to strengthen community awareness through corporate and individual participation whilst fundraising for nature conservation and sustainable development initiatives.

 

About the Tournament

The tournament was launched in Victoria Falls in 2013 during UNWTO and has drawn local, regional and international business executives, the diplomatic community, government officials, pensioners, celebrities and the youths to social yet competitive rounds of golf in a breathtaking landscape which has the largest contiguous population of African Elephant in the world.  

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:34

Kaza Carnivore Conservation Coalition

The Kaza Carnivore Conservation Coalition (KCCC), hosted a core working group members’ workshop in Livingstone, Zambia from 23rd – 25th May 2018.

A 15.5-million Euros funding commitment from the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Development Bank, KfW, was signed at a ceremony held at the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism in Gaborone today.

KAZA TFCA Partner States are happy to announce the appointment of the Dr Nyambe Nyambe as the Executive Director of the KAZA TFCA Secretariat as from 16 April 2018.

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