KAVANGO ZAMBEZI

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TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA (KAZA TFCA)

 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:34
Mr. Thato Raphaka and H.E. Mr. Ralph Breth at the signing ceremony. Looking on is the German Embassy Counsellor for Development Cooperation, Ms. Jana Schlegel. Mr. Thato Raphaka and H.E. Mr. Ralph Breth at the signing ceremony. Looking on is the German Embassy Counsellor for Development Cooperation, Ms. Jana Schlegel.

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.

 

Signatories were the German Ambassador to Botswana, His Excellency Mr. Ralph Breth, and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Thato Raphaka, who signed on behalf of the five Partner States. Botswana, as the present Coordinating Country for KAZA, also hosts the KAZA TFCA Secretariat at Kasane in accordance with provisions of the KAZA Treaty of 2011.

Also in attendance were High Commissioners from two of the Partner States - Namibia and Zimbabwe, the SADC Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peace Parks Foundation and the KAZA TFCA Secretariat Executive Director. In total, three Agreements were signed: Financing Agreement; Separate Agreement; and, Project Execution Contract. The latter, which designates Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) as the Implementing Agent and Fund Manager, was signed between PPF and the Government of Botswana. This new commitment until 2022 heralds another phase of investment support from the Federal Republic of Germany towards the development of KAZA TFCA, the largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area in the world. Phases I and II amounted to 20-million Euros, and with the new funding, the total support from the Federal Republic of Germany amounts to 35.5-million Euros since 2008. Priority areas under Phase III include improvement of rural livelihoods, increased private sector participation in tourism and effective management of identified wildlife dispersal areas.

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