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Anvil Bay, Chemucane (courtesy photo)
The local community is a partner of a new tourist resort in the Maputo Special Reserve, retaining part of the profits from visits, the National Administration of Conservation Areas of Mozambique (ANAC) announced today.
“The parties agreed to share the profits, with 40 percent for the community and 60 percent for the private sector,” plus “six dollars for each hosted tourist” for community coffers, the ANAC says in a statement.
The Anvil Bay ecotourism venture is located at Ponta Chemucane in Matutuine district, and is worth US$2.5 million – US$1.5 million of which came from the Bell Foundation representing the private sector and the other million paid by the community.
The government of Mozambique supported the project in the amount of $500,000, the remaining $500,000 being sourced through an interest-free loan from African Safari Lodge, repayable over 10 years from 2018.
The opening of Anvil Bay on Monday comes seven years after the government signed a concession agreement with the Ahi Zameni Chemucane Community Association to implement the project.
The Maputo Special Reserve benefited from a fauna restocking process in August. About 1,500 animals were transferred, including 450 impala and 281 zebra. The reserve also received stocks of wild boar, kudu, inhala and piva.Source: Lusa