BMZ Pledges Support for Creation of World’s Biggest Nature Reserve

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, or BMZ, and WWF have joined forces to help create the Kavango-Zambesi conservation area in southern Africa.

Billed as the world’s largest transnational nature reserve, KAZA will span parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

According to BMZ, the ministry will provide €20 million ($27.4 million) to fund the park’s infrastructure and render advice on managing the park based on the legal terms set by the five countries involved. It will also partner with WWF to support training of wildlife rangers and park managers.

“By supporting the reserve, we are helping to protect biodiversity whilst creating employment and income opportunities for the local population, which we have successfully managed to involve in the project,” said Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, BMZ state secretary, on Oct. 18.

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