Sioma Ngwezi National Park Restocking program underway

ON 6th July 2018, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Zambia ) and other partners commenced the 2018 capture and translocation operations to restock the Sioma Ngwezi National Park.This initiative is funded by WWF Zambia with support from WWF US, Netherlands, Belgium and the Isdell Family. The operation is one of the milestones for achieving the Kavango Zambezi Tranfrontier conservation Areas’( KAZA TFCA) vison of “establishing a world-class transfrontier conservation and tourism destination area in the Okavango and Zambezi River Basin regions of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe within the context of sustainable development”.The Sioma Ngwezi National Park, located in Sesheke and Sioma districts of Western province, is Zambia’s third largest National Park and lies in the centre of the KAZA TFCA. Unfortunately, it is among the least stocked and developed national parks after having suffered excessive hunting and poaching during and after liberation wars. It was also subject to sub optimal management investment after the post liberation war era.The Sioma Ngwezi Species Restocking initiative is a long term partnership among the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Peace Parks Foundation, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrointer Conservation Area and Community Resources Boards that all seek to contribute to the enhancement of ecological and socio-economic functions of the Sioma Ngwezi National Park and parts of the West Zambezi Game Management Areas. Post Views: 228

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