Thu, 30 May 2019 18:17 - Updated Thu, 30 May 2019 19:12
Okavango Project role in ecotourism potential development stressed
Luanda - The National Geographic project on Okavango Wildlife plays a key role in promoting the country?s potential of ecotourism, said Thursday the director of the Management Unit of the Angolan component of cross-border conservation area of Okavango Zambeze, Rui Lisboa.
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Rui Lisboa, Representative of tourism ministry
Photo: Clemente dos santos
Rui Lisboa was speaking to Angop on the fringes of the “Lisima LYa Mwono” Conservation Symposium.
He said that the investment in basic infrastructure would promote tourist visits, contribute to the collection of revenues and economic diversification through tourism.
As for the investment, Rui Lisboa defended improvement of access roads, basic infrastructure (electricity, water and communication), as a way to encourage private operators to invest in such places.
He defended the need to protect the entire area, and recalled that the symposium will help to share information and ensures combined efforts for the protection and sustainable development of the area.
He said that some tourism initiatives have been launched and work is underway on the functioning of the cross-border tourist route.
The objective is to attract Namibian tourists to enter the country and, thus, Angola integrating the regional tourist route.
The Ministry of the Environment considers important the two hydrographic basins that transcend the country, namely the Cubango Okavango and Zambezi basins.
The Angolan component of the cross-border Okavango Zambezi area is 90,000 square kilometers and covers the municipalities of Cuito-Cuanavale, Mavinga, Rivungo, Dirico and Nagove, and an integral part of two national parks, Luenga Luana and Mavinga.
The Okavango / Zambezi regional project (KASA) was launched in 1993 and brings together 36 conservation areas in Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia in the Southern Africa region.
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