The German government has donated N$169 million (€10 million) to improve infrastructure and to fight the drought in the Kavango East region in Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park.
Germany's Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, attended the official inauguration of the newly constructed park management station at Buffalo in the Bwabwata National Park on August 31.
The N$32-million (€1.9m) station was constructed through the long-term joint development of Namibia's Park Programme with the German government to improve and uplift the tourism sector of Namibia.
The new station comprises a new gate entrance to the park, reception office and staff accommodation.
“Bwabwata National Park is a major tourist attraction and the German Federal Government is working together with the Namibian government by building infrastructure, getting in equipment and improving management of the park, but today I can announce an additional amount of €10 million in support for the region because of all the problems of the drought to help you and the farmers and families,” Müller said.
He added that the world could learn from Namibia’s protected areas, adding that the country was a model of how nature conservation, economic interest and popular participation could go together.