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Tue, 03 Mar 2020 09:51 - Updated Tue, 03 Mar 2020 09:50

Angola strengthens biodiversity protection

Luanda - The Angolan Government has intensified protection of biodiversity through the implementation of the Expansion and Strengthening of Protected Areas system, with the aim to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

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National Park of Quissama

Photo: Cedida

According to a note from the Environment Ministry “MINAMB”, as part of the World Wildlife Day(03 March), the five-year duration project focus on protecting biodiversity, under the Sustainable Development Objective (ODS 15).

It also aims to manage forests sustainably, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and prevent the loss of biodiversity, says the note.

The project has contributed to significant changes in the management system of three natural parks by providing additional equipment and infrastructure, such as vehicles and posts to facilitate the presence and continuous patrols of inspectors, giving them more power to act against poaching and other illegal activities.

In Cangandala National Park, in addition to the four posts and two patrol vehicles, an open platform has been built in the centre of a tourist sanctuary, where observation of the iconic giant sable antelope in their habitat is more facilitated.

Bicuar National Park, on its turn, faces challenge due to its enormous size and hard access to surveillance posts, and it is currently being equipped with radio coverage system with seven additional buildings and two cars.

The project led by MINAMB through the National Institute for Biodiversity and Conservation Areas (INBAC) is expanding and increasingly demonstrates the complexity of the biodiversity and socio-economic dynamics.

When the biodiversity "Super Year" begins, reads the note, public-private partnerships will play a key role in improving the system of biodiversity protection and balance between humans and animals since this is one of the main goals of the protection project.

Angola is a country with one of the greatest biodiversities in Africa, with 6,650 species of plants, 227 species of reptiles, 275 species of mammals, including the giant sable antelope and the Mabeco (wild dog), 78 species of amphibians and 915 species of birds.

The project comes under the fifth funding from GEF, UNDP and MINAMB financing.

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