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African Parks Network embarks on MK18 Million Tourism Project in Malawi

Peter FearnheadMaraviPost iReports: The Chief Executive Officer of African Parks Network (APN) Peter Fearnhead disclosed that investing in tourism improve the development of each country hence embarking on MK18 million project to manage Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to promote tourism sector  through moral and social support in Malawi.


The revelations were made during a signing ceremony of the concession agreement between government and APN for management of Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve on Wednesday at Crossroads hotel.


Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa expressed optimism that the government of recognize the benefits of Public Private Partnerships to development of the country. “Since 2003 APN engaged in partnership to manage MajeteWildlife Reserve, Majete has recorded a number of achievements despite the hiccups of ‘depleted park’ with no wildlife, poor infrastructure, no security and little value to communities. Now  boasts of a thriving wildlife population, good conservation and tourism infrastructure and a  status of ‘Big Five’ tourist attraction is a measure for foreign currency”, commented Nankhumwa.


He further lament that following bidding procedures conducted by the public Private Partnerships Commission, African Parks Network has been awarded the contract to manage the two protected areas (Liwonde and Nkhotakota).


The contract is of paramount use as it ought to overcome the huge challenges the two protect areas are facing. “As law enforcement appears no longer to be effective, poaching and illegal fishing is escalating, boundary fences are being vandalized and human or animal conflict continues to be a threat to livelihoods, hence involvement of APN in management”, said Nankhumwa.


However, following the reforms of Majete Wildlife Reserve by APN the government urges all public to fight against animal crimes in Malawi. Reporting to authorities of bad acts to environment is being recommended in as far us tourism sector is concerned.


African Parks Network (APN) is a not-for-profit organization, it takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management. APN is currently manages seven parks in six different countries: Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi with a combined area of 4.1million hectares.


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