Published at 10/09/2021

Mágoè National Park has one more vehicle for the inspection of biodiversity

Under the BIO-Emergency Fund programme, the Mágoè National Park received, on 1 September 2021, on the premises of the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity – BIOFUND, a vehicle to assist in the activities to inspect biodiversity.

The BIOFUND Director of Administration and Finance, Celeste Chitará, delivered the new vehicle to the Administrator of the Mágoè National Park, Luis Namanha. The vehicle is intended to strengthen inspection activities, and allow implementation of the Park’s management programmes, in addition to undertaking activities of a social nature. It will facilitate the mobility if the rangers in assisting the vulnerable population, and will reduce the unsustainable use of natural resources, and incidents of poaching which have been on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the Administrator of the Mágoè National Park, Luís Namanha, the vehicle represents the appearance of a new son to protect and inspect the Mágoè National Park, since the vehicles the Park already possesses are in no condition to operate properly, particularly at a time when the Park is facing an invasion of illegal loggers.

On the other hand, BIOFUND expects that, faced with this new capacity for inspection, the Park will increase its number of patrols by at least 50%, improve the results of seizures, and reduce the number of animals killed by poachers.

Through the BIO-Emergency Fund, BIOFUND has supported the Conservation Areas in operational costs and in the payment of rangers’ wages, in this period of the pandemic. The acquisition of a vehicle for the Mágoè National Park is the first support from the BIO-Emergency Fund in mobile resources for the inspection of Biodiversity.