Mozambique, SA parks collaborate using digital radio system to combat poaching

Mozambique’s Ministry of Tourism and South Africa’s Peace Parks Foundation are collaborating in a 2.1 million Euro project, which includes a digital radio network upgrade, to combat rhino poaching.

The Ministry said in a statement that the agreement was in line with increased cooperation between the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and the Kruger National Park in South Africa, as part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park initiative.

The agreement provides for the reorganization of the parks’ supervisory systems, installation of a digital communication system, the acquisition of various equipment and the training of legal authorities. The LNP’s digital radio network upgrade will support cross-border radio communications between parks authorities.

By the end of last year, 1,020 rhinos had been slaughtered in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, up from 1,004 rhinos in 2013, says the Mozambican government.