In December 2017, African Parks signed a 25-year co-management agreement with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), under the then leadership of Mateus Jose Mutemba, to restore, develop and manage Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, and revitalise it to become one of the leading and most productive marine protected areas in Eastern Africa. Celmira Frederico Pena da Silva is the current General Director of ANAC.
The Oppenheimer Generations Foundation provides catalytic, flexible, and discretionary funding in support of their commitment to build sustainable and prosperous societies. The Foundation began funding Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in 2018, committed US$2m over five years to bring this marine area under African Parks’ management and unlock the value for its communities.
The Wyss Foundation – the Foundation is a private charitable organisation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities and strengthen connections to the land. The Foundation’s relationship with African Parks began in 2015 with a grant to support the restoration of Akagera National Park, followed by a significant investment in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. In 2017, the Foundation made a groundbreaking commitment of US$65m to provide ongoing support for Akagera and the Malawi parks, along with startup funding for five new parks. This enabled the addition of Pendjari and W in Benin, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique, Iona National Park in Angola and Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe. In 2021, the Foundation furthered its support of African Parks with another extraordinary commitment of US$108m, which will provide for the continued support of current Wyss-funded parks, as well as startup funding for another five new parks. Two new parks in our portfolio – Kafue National Park in Zambia and Badingilo National Park in South Sudan – are benefitting from the Wyss Foundation’s latest commitment.
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