BOTH Conservation and People are winners with this Agreement – Marie-Tinka Uys
Three years of hard work, consulting and thinking lead to a Multi-Partner Agreement for bigger and better-managed total conservation area embedded in our Landscape. This hard work, under the leaderships of SANParks, has been supported by the Global Environmental Facility’s Protected Area Programme.
This agreement, that focus on the western boundary of the KNP, follows the establishment of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) in December 2002, when the three heads of state of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a treaty that made provision for the expansion of the GLTP by integrating the Limpopo National Park (LNP), KNP and Gonarezhou National Park (GNP).
The signing ceremony took place in Skukuza on 5 December 2018. CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni said that the agreement seeks to address conservation matters and make the most of opportunities within the open system of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) and surrounding conservation areas.
“The partnership is essential to ensure a uniform framework for the protection, management and socio-economic beneficiation of the open system conservation footprint, including the regularisation of the conservation area network,” he said.
According to Mketeni, the KNP should benefit people in many ways. Apart from the purpose of conservation, it should also help to fight poverty and grow tourism. “There should be a national benefit from conservation, and the way we manage it should bring hope to neighbouring people too,” he said.
Glenn Phillips, KNP Managing Executive, said that this agreement embodies SANParks’ vision of connecting of societies.
|The SANParks Team Glenn Philips (KNP Managing Executive), Dr Maris Coetzee (GM) and CEO Fundisile Mketeni sign Agreement|