Minister Molewa to attend Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Tri-lateral Ministerial Committee meeting in Maputo, Mozambique

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, will today, 23 February 2017, travel to Mozambique to meet her Mozambican counterpart, Minister Celso Correia, and the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate in Zimbabwe, Ms Oppah Muchingiri, to discuss progress made in the development of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP).

Since the signing of the Treaty there have been major developments within the GLTP such as the construction and official opening of the Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility (Border Post) linking Kruger and Limpopo National Parks in South Africa and Mozambique, translocation of wildlife from Kruger to Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and removal of sections of the international fence to allow wildlife within the Mozambican and South African components of the GLTP to move freely.

The Ministers are set to discuss issues of mutual interest between the three countries, and will receive progress reports on issues including conservation and protection, tourism, institutional reform, community beneficiation and joint training, capacity building and learning.

The Ministers will discuss the Wildlife Translocation Programme, which is aimed at the re-establishment and augmentation of wildlife numbers in areas within the TFCA in order to support the development of its tourism products.

Addressing wildlife crime, particularly rhino poaching, is expected to be amongst the key matters for discussion.

South Africa and Mozambique signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Biodiversity Management and Conservation in 2014. The Implementation Plan putting into action the MoU, facilitates, among others, the conducting of coordinated law enforcement operations that includes the management and protection of Protected Areas and the TFCAs. The GLTP's security plan forms an integral part of the Implementation Plan.

The Ministers will also discuss the implementation of an enhanced protection zone between South Africa and Mozambique to strengthen the protection of wildlife between the two parks.

Minister Molewa will return to South Africa tomorrow, 24 February 2017.

Source: Department of Environmental Affairs