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A new national park for Tete

A new national park for Tete

A new national park for Tete
GIGI GUIMBEAU

Mozambique has declared the goal of setting aside 5% of the land for conservation and environmental purposes, so some government officials may well have mixed feelings over the rash of resource discoveries, particularly in Tete. It’s reported that 60% of the province has been reserved for mining purposes.

The announcement of the new 355,852ha Magoe National Park on the southern banks of Cahora Bassa was remarkable. Cahora Bassa is under utilised as a tourist destination, and Mozambique hasn’t developed game parks in the way its neighbours have. The new park opens up the potential for an outstanding safari experience offering fishing, game viewing, boating, birdlife, the majestic gorge and dam, all within striking distance of an international airport. Development for tourism can be environmentally sustainable and has the potential for significant growth over the years.

Hippo, lion, leopard and elephant are some of the game that will be protected by the new Park. Roan antelope, threatened across Africa by poaching and habitat loss, will also find sanctuary in Magoe.

Deputy Justice Minister Alberton Nkutumula says Magoe will strengthen the work of the Tchuma Tchato (Our Wealth) initiative in Tete province. This project protects and manages the ecosystem and involves local communities in partnership with the government and private sector.

Tchuma Tchato comprises six villages in the corner where the international boundaries of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. The region had become an uncontrolled hunting area and animal populations declined, with local communities scraping a living from hunting, fishing and subsistence agriculture. The project makes the communities caretakers of their animals and their region, and teaches the people to manage the area’s natural resources, putting a stop to poaching and over exploitation, which has already seen results in the increasing elephant population.

A seven-chalet campsite built on the shores of the Zambezi is managed by the Tchuma Tchato project manager, under the watchful eye of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Villagers work as chalet staff and game scouts, and income from hunting and the campsite is shared three ways – 35% to national government, 32.5% to regional government and 32.5% to the Tchuma Tchato project.

Zambezi Traveller looks forward to bringing you more stories of Magoe.

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