Behold The Awe of The Great Okavango and the Mighty Zambezi Rivers


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Saturday, 31 July 2021 09:16

KAZA Secretariat and Partner States confer at inaugural round table meeting

Over the years, there has been a growing portfolio of donors and development partners supporting various initiatives in the Kavango Zambezi Behold The Awe of The Great Okavango and the Mighty Zambezi Rivers.

However, donor coordination has been suboptimal creating risks such as fragmentation, duplication, and inefficiencies. This compromises achievement of the desired impact at scale.

The KAZA Secretariat convened an inaugural round table meeting of donors and development partners on Thursday, 29 July 2021. The meeting was opened by Mr. Colgar Sikopo, Deputy Executive Director, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), Republic of Namibia, the current Coordinating Country of KAZA TFCA. Mr. Sikopo expressed the desire of Partner States to establish an International Cooperating Partners Forum as a platform for periodic engagement and dialogue on matters regarding the development of KAZA TFCA, donor investment coordination, and the harmonisation of priorities with those of the Partner States, as well as other matters of mutual interest.

As a result of the meeting, significant strides were made towards:

  • Sharing KAZA TFCA’s strategy for stakeholder engagement and organisational structures
  • Improving the depth of understanding of development partners’ interests and priorities, and identifying potential niche areas for the implementing priority actions
  • Enhancing International Cooperating Partners’ (ICPs) coordination, avoiding fragmentation, and duplication
  • Stimulating the interests of ICPs and development partners in KAZA TFCA activities

The KAZA Secretariat would like to thank the nearly 60 meeting participants, mostly made up of donor and development partners from the organisations highlighted below, for their valued and positive participation in this important meeting.

  • CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)
  • COmON Foundation
  • European Union (EU)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
  • ICCF Group
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • KfW
  • Peace Parks Foundation (PPF)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United States Embassy
  • United States Forest Service
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • USAID Resilient Waters
  • Vuka Now
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Wildlife Justice Commission
  • World Bank
  • World Wide Fund for Nature


About the KAZA TFCA Secretariat

The Discover the Kavango Zambezi - KAZA Tourism, Conservation, Safaris area across 5 countries of Angola, Bostwana, Namibia, Zambia and ZimbabweSecretariat was established in 2011 by the KAZA Partner States to manage the day-to-day operations of the TFCA. Its overall mandate is to facilitate the development of KAZA TFCA into a world-class conservation area and premier tourism destination. This mandate is executed under the guidance of KAZA Partner States with support from development partners and a consortium of stakeholders.