German Government and Ministry of Tourism and Arts launch new Headquarters for Sioma Ngwezi National Park

To foster development through sustainable tourism and nature conservation in the region, the German Government through its KfW Development Bank provides substantial long-term support to the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Conservation Area. On Saturday, 30th January 2016, representatives of the Zambian Government, traditional authorities, local stakeholders and the German KfW celebrated the official handover of the new park headquarters in Sioma District.

Official handover of the new Park Headquarter by representatives of the Zambian Government and KfW Enlarge image Official handover of the new Park Headquarter by representatives of the Zambian Government and KfW (© KfW)

Sioma Ngwezi National Park is the third largest Park in Zambia and is part of the KAZA Trans Frontier Conservation Area (TFCA) that spreads over 520,000 km² and comprises five countries - besides Zambia, it contains Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Thereby, KAZA, an initiative of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to enhance regional integration and cooperation, is the biggest trans-frontier conservation area in the world. Germany contributes a total of EUR 35.5 million for the development of KAZA into a regional fund, through which also the new park headquarter infrastructure on the Zambian side was constructed - including modern offices, a radio control room, an ablution block and 25 staff-houses for the rangers and their families.

Traditional dances to celebrate the handover of the new Park Headquarter Enlarge image Traditional dances to celebrate the handover of the new Park Headquarter (© KfW)  The improvement of infrastructure and equipment as well as measures of capacity building and operational support to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (former Zambian Wildlife Authority ZAWA) are aimed at obtaining tangible results. Among the outcomes hoped for are the recovery of wildlife, the protection of habitats and ecosystems as well as a better economic development of the region through tourism that creates employment opportunities for the local population.