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Tue, 15 May 2018 17:26 - Updated Tue, 15 May 2018 17:26

UNDP official praises Iona Park rehabilitation

Luanda - The director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Angola Henrik Fredborg Tuesday praised the National Biodiversity, Conservation and Rehabilitation Project of Iona National Park in Luanda, saying that the results can boost ecotourism in the region.

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Details of National Iona park

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This was during the closing of the National Biodiversity/Conservation Project of the Iona National Park, started in 2013.

He described the Project of Iona Park as relevant to the country.

According to him, the project contributed to the national reconstruction after decades of war that reduced the management capacity of conservation areas.

Henrik Fredborg assured that the positive impact of the work initiated by this project does not end here and its lessons will be used for other conservation areas of Angola.

Henrik Fredborg recommended the inclusion of traditional communities living in daily contact with the parks to develop tourism based on the natural attractions of Angola, its landscapes, endemic species of animals, distinct flora and marine resources.

Alluding to development of the integrated park management plan for the 2015/2025, Henrik  said that the project started the work involving the local communities in tourism as a mechanism to reduce its impact on the park's biodiversity.

The 15.150 km2 Park is located between the Atlantic Ocean, being bounded to Cunene River in south and to Curoca River in the north.

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