Inauguration of two Park Management Stations in Khaudum National Park

Getting to know the new park station: Ambassador Schlaga and Minister Shifeta. Enlarge image (© KfW)

On 26 October 2017, two park management stations - Khaudum and Sikereti - in Khaudum National Park in Kavango East Region have been inaugurated by Hon. Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta. The German Ambassador Christian Schlaga as well as the Governor of the Kavango East Region, representatives of the Regional Council, traditional authorities and the German Development Bank (KfW) attended the ceremony.

NamParks: Cooperation since 2006

The new park management stations have been co-funded by the Republic of Namibia and the Federal Republic of Germany via the KfW Development Bank in support of the Namibian Government’s development and conservation initiatives in north-eastern Namibia. The construction was part of the latest phase of the Namibia National Parks Programme (NamParks) which has been running since 2006. The total costs of the two park management stations were about 80 million N$. Ambassador Schlaga and Minister Shifeta at the inauguration. Enlarge image (© KfW)

Within the framework of this programme, the Shisinze Park Station in the Nkasa Rupara National Park in the Zambezi Region had been already inaugurated in September 2017. So far, new stations were built at Mahango, Susuwe and Ngenda in the Bwabwata and Mudumu National Parks.

These two high quality stations facilitate the management of Khaudum National Park. Inviting new entrance gates as well as a welcoming visitor reception including information boards and hands-on displays have been constructed. Furthermore, a scenic picnic site offers a rest after an exciting stay in Khaudum National Park.

Challenging constructions works in remote part of Namibia

In addition, twenty-four decent new staff housings with a state-of-the-art solar powered electrical system and a purified hot and cold water system have been installed. Proper offices and a soccer field complete the picture. Khaudum National Park Enlarge image (© KfW) Building Khaudum Station has been a massive achievement, especially due to its remoteness and limited road access: more than four hundred-thousand bricks were made on the construction site, using twenty thousand bags of cement and eight million litres of water.

The efforts of the Namibian-German cooperation to develop the four north-eastern parks (Bwabwata, Khaudum, Mudumu, Nkasa Rupara) are steadily contributing to an effective park management. Its integrated approach involves neighbouring communities and other stakeholders: active collaboration and the resulting benefits maintain a permanent interest in the protection and well-being of the parks.

Speech of Ambassador Schlaga at the inauguration of two Park Stations in Northern Namibia

In his speech, Ambassador Schlaga put the inauguration into the larger framework of German – Namibian relations and underlined that Namibia is the priority country for German development assistance in Africa.