Assessing the Biodiversity and Eco-Tourism Investment Potential of Angola’s National Parks and Protected Areas

January 03, 2019
Assessing the Biodiversity and Eco-Tourism Investment Potential of Angola’s National Parks and Protected Areas

Continuing its engagement in Angola, begun in November 2017, The ICCF Group recently assisted the Ministry of Environment of Angola in the organization of a landmark Mini-Mission to assess the biodiversity and eco-tourism investment potential of Angola’s national parks and protected areas.

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The Mini-Mission, led by Minister of State and Chief of the Civil House of the Presidency Frederico Cardoso and Minister of Environment Paula Coelho, took place from November 30th - December 7th, 2018. Participants included the World Bank, Vulcan, African Parks, Halo Trust, U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce, and the Gabarone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa.

The group visited many provincial capitals and protected areas throughout Angola. Highlights included the ranger training school and an eco-resort in Menongue, the cultural monument at Cuito Carnivale, views of Mavinga and Cuando Cubango’s vast landscapes by helicopter, as well as Luena City and Cameia National Park in Moshiko Province, Iona National Park in Namibe Province, Cangandala National Park in Malanje Province, and Luengue Luiana National Park. The trip culminated in a major investment conference on December 6th in Luanda at the Epic Sana, which focused on the opportunities presented by Angola’s national parks, followed by a reception hosted at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Nina Maria Fite.

Following the Mini-Mission and investment conference, the Ministry of Environment signed a letter requesting that The ICCF Group serve as the coordinating entity for the private sector for upcoming biodiversity and protected-area projects. Mini-Mission participants, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, concluded the landmark visit by creating a collective work plan of interested stakeholders for next steps and follow-up actions.

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