GLTFCA Year end 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

2015 has been a memorable year in the further implementation of the GLTFCA. Several groundbreaking initiatives, activities and programmes were initiated this year including the following:

  • Establishment of the Limpopo National Park – Kruger National Park Joint Park Management Committee (JPMC) and wildlife crime bilateral. This is the first JPMC to be established as part of the GLTFCA Institutional Reform Strategy;
  • Initiating a process to develop an Integrated Livelihoods Diversification Strategy for the GLTFCA. This process is supported through a collaborative partnership between the USAID funded RESILIM Programme, the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and the GLTFCA;
  • Further development of the GLTFCA through the initiation of a process to formalise the various private concession areas in Mozambique bordering Kruger National Park and Gonarezhou National Park, and the launching of the Zinave National Park restoration project funded by PPF;
  • Launch of the GLTFCA website, Facebook page, and Newsletter;
  • Facilitating the implementation of a feasibility of the then proposed Shingwedzi Cliffs Adventure and Trails Camp, which has subsequently moved to a site within the Madonse concession area; and
  • Development of an Elephant Management Plan for the South East Lowveld Area in Zimbabwe, which aims to support the implementation of an integrated regional approach.

Apart from these, the GLTFCA continued with the implementation of the following:

  • Final activity of the initial PPF funded wildlife translocation programme between KNP and LNP, which started in 2001 with the translocation of 25 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique;
  • Pafuri Cross Border Trail and Shangane Festival, which this year was hosted jointly by Chief Maluleke from the Makuleke Clan and Chief Sengwe from the Sengwe Clan. This initiative, which was originally initiated by Wilderness Safaris in partnership with the GLTFCA, is now operated by ReturnAfrica in partnership with the GLTFCA, the Chiredzi District Council and Malipati Community Development Trust; and
  • Cross-border predator research initiative, which has been providing the GLTFCA with astonishing results on the distribution of key predator species across the GLTFCA landscape.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing interest and support in the GLTFCA, and keep on encouraging you to share your stories and experiences associated with this exciting initiative with us. This could be done by sending contributions via email to piettheron01@gmail.com.
Finally, we wish you a blessed and prosperous festive season and a wonderful New Year, and look forward to taking this project forward with your support and assistance in 2016!

Regards,
Piet