New park management station for Bwabwata

ENVIRONMENT and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta and German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Müller inaugurated a new park station for Bwabwata National Park on 31 August.

The new Buffalo park station marks another milestone of a long-term joint development programme to improve Namibia´s national parks.  According to Shifeta, building the needed park infrastructure will enable the ministry to effectively and efficiently manage Bwabwata National Park and its support zones, in cooperation with resident communities and protect the park’s unique flora and fauna.

He added that the park station will further assist in securing national and transboundary migratory routes for wildlife and managing and increasing tourism development in Bwabwata National Park. Shifeta said national parks are vital for conserving Namibia’s essential biodiversity. “By managing parks, their irreplaceable assets and unlimited potential will be conserved for future generations”, he noted.

Each new station provides top-quality houses for all the staff, an attractive entrance gate and visitor reception, offices, workshops, electrical and water supplies. The new houses are a huge improvement on the old, dilapidated wooden “Kimbos” in which most of the staff members have been living until now.