Shaba and Buffalo Springs, Kenya: The delegation of tribal elders from Isiolo County made their visit to Akagera National Park at the end of March and were joined by several journalists. The delegation conveyed they were impressed with their experience of the park, and several positive articles were subsequently published in regional media about African Parks’ potential involvement in Isiolo County. African Parks convened a successful meeting with the Isiolo County Government during a follow-up visit to Kenya on the 27th of April to clarify various legal matters, and we are now just waiting for them to release their letter of award as the final step. Efforts are currently underway to establish a legal entity for African Parks in Kenya.
Bazaruto Archipelago Marine National Park, Mozambique: The draft agreement with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) continues to be with the Minister Celso Correia, who is responsible for submitting it to the Council of Ministers. We have been advised that it will be submitted to the Council shortly, but are pursuing a meeting to elevate its priority for submission. We remain focused on identifying prospective donors for the first three years of funding for this enormously valuable marine reserve.
Pendjari National Park, Benin: African Parks is in the process of finalising the draft agreement for resubmission to the government, and we expect it to be signed shortly thereafter. Once the agreement is signed, Pendjari will join our portfolio as the first West African park under management. An emergency plan to curtail poaching in the park is already being implemented, with funding provided by the Government of Benin.
Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe: A formal proposal was presented to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority board who responded with a list of queries, to which we have supplied further information. A meeting is scheduled in Harare on the 15th of May to talk through the proposal.