Ver Angola

Environment

Iona National Park will be managed by African Parks

The management of the Iona National Park, located in the municipality of Tômbwa, in Namibe, will be the responsibility of the organization African Parks, in partnership with the Executive.

:  Angola Image Bank
Angola Image Bank  

The first step will be the restoration of the park's landscape. According to Charles Wells, director of operations at African Parks, the partnership will enable the restoration of the environment in that area, within a time frame of five years.

"This project will bring structural development into the park, with the aim of accommodating tourists and boosting cultural and social development," said Charles Wells, on the sidelines of the presentation of African Parks to members of the provincial government.

Cited by Angop, the official said that around two million dollars had already been injected into the project. However, it is estimated that another five million dollars will be invested in implementing the plan drawn up to grow the tourist area in the south of the country, he added.

Albertina Nzunzi, director-general of the National Institute for Biodiversity and Conservation of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment, classified this partnership as an advantage, explaining that the country's parks, because of their size, were not effectively managed.

She also added that the project will also help to involve the local population and generate jobs.

Yona National Park is located in the Namib Desert. With an area of ​​12 thousand and 200 square kilometers, the park is the 'home' of several species, with emphasis on the 'Welwitchia Mirabilis'.

Related