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Wednesday, 11 August 2021 14:21

KAZA TFCA improving livelihoods through community-based tourism

Kavango Zambezi Behold The Awe of The Great Okavango and the Mighty Zambezi Rivers, with funding support from the German government, has demonstrated its commitment to promote community-based tourism with the launch of the €283,500 Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe community livelihood development project.  

 In a keynote address during the launch ceremony held in Kasane on August 05, Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Honorable Philda Kereng described the project as a major milestone in the region’s quest to attain sustainable and inclusive growth anchored on tourism.

The project, to be implemented by Birdlife Botswana and funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW, is part of the regional support for the implementation of Phase III of the development of KAZA TFCA in the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe Wildlife Dispersal Area.  

The project’s broader objective is the development and implementation of a resilient community-based tourism model for local communities residing within the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe area and will see the PALEKA Community Trust developing joint venture partnerships with the private sector.

“This initiative ladies and gentlemen is in line with the government’s reset agenda which emphasizes on the development of value chains in various sectors in order to open up opportunities for the locals. In areas such as the Chobe District, the development of tourism value chains can be a key economic driver as more Batswana will be able to participate in the tourism sector creating much needed jobs,” said Ms Kereng.

Community members from Lesoma, Kazungula, and Pandamatenga will also be supported with equipment and training to run successful bee keeping, horticulture, and poultry projects.

“The project is a demonstration to the communities and key stakeholders that KAZA is not just about wildlife, but is more broadly about conservation, development, and tourism, which all feed into the KAZA TFCA development agenda.” said KAZA Secretariat Executive Director, Dr Nyambe Nyambe.