22 December 2015
“We have seen that when communities benefit from conservation projects, they support it,” says Theron. The goal is now to develop projects that are also of value to local communities. These may entail tourism and conservation, but also a range of other sectors like agriculture, livestock, business development and so forth.
The challenge that stakeholders face is to identify, develop and strengthen both existing and potential livelihood initiatives and activities which support, rather than compromise, the Great Limpopo vision to “protect and preserve our natural resources for the common good of all”. According to Theron, “if we are not able to make these alternatives attractive enough, then we cannot be surprised if there is little interest – especially when there are other more lucrative, if also more dangerous options, on offer.”
The first workshop in a series of three were held in Maputo from 3 - 4 November, followed by a second in Harare from 19 - 20 November.
Want to know more or become involved? Contact Piet Theron or Lisa van Dongen
Objectives of the 2002 Great Limpopo Treaty
- Foster transnational collaboration and cooperation among the parties, which will facilitate effective ecosystem management in the area comprising the transfrontier park;
- Promote alliances in the management of biological natural resources by encouraging social, economic and other partnerships among the parties, including the private sector, local communities and non-governmental organisations;
- Enhance ecosystem integrity and natural ecological processes by harmonising environmental management procedures across international boundaries and striving to remove artificial barriers impeding the natural movement of wildlife;
- Facilitate the establishment and maintenance of a sustainable sub-regional economic base through appropriate development frameworks, strategies and work plans;
- Develop trans-border ecotourism as a means of fostering regional socio-economic development; and
- Establish mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of technical, scientific and legal information for the joint management of the ecosystem.
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