Gorongosa Restoration Project, UN-Habitat sign five-year agreement to ensure the Park’s future by promoting sustainable urban development

-The two organizations will provide training and resources for local planning community resilience and designing a Master Plan for Vila Gorongosa-

The Gorongosa Restoration Project (GRP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN- Habitat) signed, in Maputo, a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of providing a framework of cooperation within which UN-Habitat and GRP shall cooperate to provide technical support to local government and communities living around the Gorongosa National Park to be more resilient and to promote sustainable urban development and a balanced territorial growth so the conservation of the Park biodiversity is ensured. This collaboration between the Parties will be implemented with a focus on providing technical assistance to the participatory process to elaborate Spatial Plans for the buffer zone of Gorongosa Park, design a Master Plan for Vila Gorongosa, elaborate participatory community resilience action planning at town, settlement and community level and construct resilient infrastructure and public services.

This five-year agreement will allow both parties to collaborate with local government and community members in the elaboration of participatory plans and to provide the necessary technical expertise to ensure that the necessary policies, procedures, design practices, quality assurance and project management principles are implemented for the construction of resilient infrastructure and public services.

About UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly (since 1975) to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. UN-Habitat is responsible for promoting and consolidating collaboration with all partners, including local authorities, private and non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, Goal 11 of “Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, Its mandate is also framed in the New Urban Agenda, among other international frameworks, an action- oriented document signed by member states which sets global standards for achieving SDG11. UN-Habitat has been active in Mozambique since 2002 and its main focus of work in the country has been: Urbanization and territorial transformation, Urban resilience and disaster risk reduction and Guaranteed land tenure and affordable housing.
For more information on UN-Habitat’s work visit the website http://www.unhabitat.org and UN- Habitat Mozambique Facebook and Twitter for updates on its work in Mozambique.
Contact: Veridiana Mathieu, Communications Officer (vVeridiana.mathieu@un.org/ +258 87 487 8888)

About the Gorongosa Project
Gorongosa National Park (GNP) in Mozambique is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story. In 2008, a 20-year Public-Private Partnership was established for the joint management of GNP between the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation (Gorongosa Restoration Project), a US nonprofit organization. In 2018, the Government of Mozambique signed an extension of the joint management agreement for another 25 years. By adopting a 21st Century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, Gorongosa is protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness, returning it to its rightful place as one of Africa’s greatest national parks.
GNP has been described as one of the most diverse parks on Earth, covering a vast expanse of 400,000 hectares. In recent years, the Gorongosa Project, with the support of Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), has ensured the protection of a recovering population of lions in this system, successfully reduced key threats, and has been recognized as one of National Geographic’s “Last Wild Places” and by TIME Magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places – 2019”.
If you would like more information about this topic or would like to schedule an interview with those involved in the project, please call Vasco Galante at +258 822970010 (WhatsApp) or email vasco@gorongosa.net.
For more general information, visit http://www.gorongosa.org
You may follow the daily activities of Gorongosa National Park here: https://www.facebook.com/gorongosa/.

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  1. The sceptic in me finds it hard to believe a model will ever be found of balancing the needs of Wildlife AND People. I fear the buffer-zone will increasingly fill up with rapidly expanding human activity and growth , and sooner rather than later impossible demands will be placed on the GNP……………to continually supply and sustain communities all around. Unless human growth is contained around the proximity of the park , the natural treasure will gradually suffocate , and the so-called Buffer Zone will become a pressure-point .
    I wish the Carr Foundation success in attaining this ideal into perpetuity, but i’ve never heard of a buffer zone around a protected area remaining intact – usually it is inexorably weakened with increasingly undesirable and destructive human activities , and weakened . If it does indeed work , it becomes a magnet to attract ever greater numbers of people, an influx , until the protected area becomes an island in a sea of humanity. I see it here in South Africa over and over. Tragic

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