US to donate USD10-million for wildlife conservation in Mozambique’s Niassa

Recent reports indicate that Mozambique has lost 48% of its elephant population between 2011 and 2016. Image credit: WhyAfrica

12 August 2021 – According to the United States embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, the US will donate USD10-million for wildlife conservation in Mozambique’s Niassa reserve

The United States will donate more than USD10- million (just over €8-million) for conservation projects in the Niassa Special Reserve, the US embassy in Maputo said recently.

The embassy said in a statement that the amount will be made available over the next five years and will be managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC).

Created in 1960, the Niassa Special Reserve, in northern Mozambique, is the largest protected area in the country, covering more than 42,400km2.

Estimates are that, over the last five years, the United States has donated nearly USD15-million (almost €13-million) towards the management and support of the Niassa Reserve, and almost USD50-million (€42 million) towards the Gorongosa National Park (in the centre of the country) to combat wildlife poaching and support the livelihood of local communities.

According to government data, poaching has been a serious threat to wildlife in Mozambique. The latest figures indicate that the populations of certain species have been reduced significantly.

According to the latest data from ANAC, since 2009, the country has lost at least 10,000 elephants, and in the Niassa Reserve alone, the total number of this species dropped from 12,000 to 4,400 in three years (between 2011 and 2014).

More recent reports indicate that the country lost, between 2011 and 2016, 48% of its elephant population.

Source: Lusa

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