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Country will receive 4.1 million to combat illegal trade in wild animals

Angola will have a funding of 4.1 million dollars to combat the illegal wildlife trade, a six-year project announced this Monday by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment.

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According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment (MCTA), this is the most recent project implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

"The approved project aims to address some of the main threats to wildlife in Angola, including clandestine hunting, illegal wildlife trade, conflicts between humans and wildlife, and habitat degradation," a statement by the MCTA said.

The project will take place in the Maiombe National Park (Cabinda province) and the Luando Integral Nature Reserve (Malanje province), which serves as habitat for the largest existing population of the giant sable antelope.

Currently the MCTA and the UNDP are collaborating in the strengthening of five terrestrial conservation areas (Quiçama, Cangandala, Bicuar and Maiombe National Parks and the Luando Integral Nature Reserve) and in the creation of three new terrestrial conservation areas (in the provinces of Uíge, Kwanza Sul and Huambo) and the first marine conservation area in the country (in Namibe).