Friday, June 21, 2024

How KAZA donors undermine member countries’ democracy

Do you want to know who calls the shots at the Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) TFCA?  Just follow the money.

KAZA has attracted billions of Pula in donations from Conservation donor agencies and international development institutions with deep pockets.

The trans frontier conservation area is more than just an easy sell, it is a sexy conservation big-ticket item. Situated in the Kavango and Zambezi river basins where the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge, it is the world’s largest TFCA spanning approximately 520,000km². It covers 36 proclaimed protected areas such as national parks, game reserves, forest reserves, community conservancies and game/wildlife management areas. Of this land, 17% is in Angola, 30% in Botswana, 14% in Namibia, 25% in Zambia, and 14% in Zimbabwe thus making Botswana the highest contributor of land for conservation in KAZA.

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