North Eastern Parks Program
The long-term objective of the North Eastern Parks Program was to protect the Bwabwata, Mudumu, Nkasa Rupara, and Khaudum National Parks by strengthening integrated park management procedures. With an area of approximately 11.20 km², the parks form part of the Kavango Zambezi transfrontier conservation area and are adjacent to the wildlife management areas of Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
At the national level, GFA advised the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on disposition fund management and program coordination. At the local level, GFA experts collaborated closely with the Chief Control Wardens and park management staff in strengthening protected area management as well as community-based natural resources management. GFA’s advisory services entailed assistance in managing and overseeing the construction process for the establishment of three new park management stations, implementing the park management plans, and strengthening law enforcement operations targeted at anti-poaching. As part of the integrated park management concept, GFA helped to establish instruments and structures enabling an efficient coordination of park management with neighbouring and resident communities in view of increasing their socio-economic well-being.