THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) will soon inaugurate the recently constructed Park Management Station in the Bwabwata National Park.
The inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on 31 August 2019 at Buffalo and will be officiated by Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, and Dr Gerd Müller, the German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development.
The new Buffalo park station marks another milestone of a long-term joint development programme to improve Namibia´s national parks.
The Namibia Parks Programme, better known as NamParks, is currently in its fourth and fifth phase and has invested more thanN$450 million in the past 13 years at more than six national parks across the country.
NamParks is a programme of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism that is co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KFW Development Bank.
The German embassy in a statement said that the efforts of the Namibian-German Cooperation to develop the Namibian National Parks are steadily contributing to effective park management.
The Namibian Parks Programme’s integrated approach involves neighbouring communities and other stakeholders, active collaboration and the resulting benefits maintain a permanent interest in the protection and well-being of the parks.
Building important park infrastructure will enable the Ministry to effectively and efficiently manage Bwabwata National Park and its support zones, in cooperation with resident communities and protecting the park’s unique flora and fauna. The park station will further assist in securing national and transboundary migratory routes for wildlife and managing and increasing tourism development in Bwabwata National Park.
The Buffalo park station was constructed with the assistance of the German Development Cooperation and co-financed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism at a cost of N$32 million. The new park station includes 10 two-bedroom houses for Senior Park.
The last phase of Namibian Parks Programme will focus on the development of Namibia’s coastal parks.