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The districts of Mabote and Govuro, located in the northern part of Inhambane, and the district of Massangena in Gaza province, agreed last week to coordinate efforts in the sustainable management of the Zinave National Park, on the banks of the Save River.
Fernando Muzibingua, from Govuro district, Sancho James, Administrator of Massangena and Carlos Mussanhane, from Mabote, met for the first time to coordinate and harmonise joint management methodologies for this conservation area, which integrates the Peace Parks in the Southern Africa region.
The three district governments discussed the possibility of changing the boundaries of the Zinave National Park, on establishing the management council, in addition to the animal translocation plan for this year.
The administrator of Mabote, Carlos Mussanhane, explained that the meeting results from the need for the participation of these three districts in the management of this important faunal biodiversity park, in the protection of forest and faunal species, in addition to the promotion of inland tourism. He added that the event was productive, as it allowed for greater ownership of the park’s development programs by all the districts that make up this conservation area.
Mussanhane explained that Zinave was complying with the established plan, namely the construction of infrastructure, acquisition of equipment and livestock promotion in communities residing in buffer areas, among other activities, financed by the Peace Parks Foundation.
He recalled that the Zinave National Park is on its way to becoming one of the first, at national level, to bring together the so-called “big five”, namely elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard, thus raising the quality of the tourist product available.
According to the host, it was in this way that Mabote, Massangena and Govuro would see their revenues increase, with the growth of the movement of high-end tourists and service providers.
Also present at the meeting were the administrator of the Zinave National Park, António Abacar, as well as the directors of the District Planning and Infrastructure Services, District Services for Economic Activities, heads of administrative posts and localities in the areas covered by the area of conservation, as well as community leaders and staff of district administrators’ offices.