Germany donates N.dollars 167 million to uplift Bwabwata communities

The Federal Republic of Germany has pledged to support Namibia's tourism sector with an N.dollars 167 million donation to improve infrastructure and living standard of people living in the Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region.

The announcement of the donation was made by German's Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Muller on Saturday at the official inauguration of the newly constructed park management station at Buffalo in the Bwabwata National Park.

The inauguration was attended by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, PohambaShifeta, Kavango East Regional Governor, Samuel Mbambo and a delegation from the German Financial Cooperation.

The new station was constructed at the tune of N.dollars 32 million through Namibia's long-term joint development of Namibia's Parks Programme, known as ' NamParks' with the German Government to improve Namibia's National Parks.

In his remarks, Muller said the money is to give support to communities living in the area because it is not easy to live and work in areas like the Bwabwata national park.

He said the money is also meant to develop the tourism sector since tourism is an important sector of the economy in which it also forms part as an additional support for the region because of the different problems it is faced such as a lack of roads as well as help farmers and families living in the area of the park.

The German minister said the world can learn from Namibia's protected areas because Namibia is a model of how nature conservation, economic interest, and popular participation can come together.

Muller stressed that Namibia is the first country in Africa to include the protection of wildlife in its constitution for the benefit of the people, as almost 45 percent of the land is protected or it is either being used sustainably.

A third of the world black rhinos are found in Namibia's 20 national parks. Wild dogs, elephants live and move through your parks which translate that sustainable protection of natural resources means giving the people to have the chance to share the benefits, said Muller.

He further added environmental protection, poverty reduction, maintaining biological diversity and benefiting the people are two sides of the same coin and that is why the two countries are working together to build infrastructure, getting equipment and improving the management of the parks.

Source: Namibia Press Agency