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Latest News19 December 2014

CEO’s 2014 year-end message

Dutch Postcode Lottery Director, Ms Sigrid van Aken, Dutch Prime Minister, Mr Mark Rutte, South African Government’s Rhino Issue Task Manager, Mr Mavuso Msimang, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Peace Parks Foundation CEO, Mr Werner Myburgh and WWF Netherlands CEO, Mr Johan van GrondenOn 4 February, the year started on a high note when the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij) announced that Peace Parks Foundation and WWF Netherlands was the recipient of the Dreamfund, awarded to help them in their efforts to save the rhino from extinction (see photo above). The Dream Fund gives charitable organisations an opportunity to realise courageous, ground-breaking new projects. Peace Parks Foundation also received support from the Swedish Postcode Lottery to combat rhino poaching. As an annual beneficiary of both these charitable lotteries, significant and wide-ranging development in the region’s transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs), has been realised. It has also been a catalyst in securing further sizeable funding from development agencies and donor partners for TFCA development. → read more…

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Peace Parks Foundation envisages the establishment of a network of protected areas that links ecosystems across international borders.

Given the proximity of the region's protected areas to each other, the possibility exists to create wildlife dispersal routes between them or in certain instances link them.

MISSION

Peace Parks Foundation facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (peace parks)* and develops human resources, thereby supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity and regional peace and stability.

*The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement of 1999 defines a transfrontier conservation area (TFCA) as "the area or component of a large ecological region that straddles the boundaries of two or more countries, encompassing one or more protected areas as well as multiple resource use areas". The Protocol commits the SADC Member States to promote the conservation of shared wildlife resources through the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas.

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"I know of no political movement, no philosophy, no ideology, which does not agree with the peace parks concept as we see it going into fruition today. It is a concept that can be embraced by all.

In a world beset by conflicts and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. Peace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region, but potentially in the entire world."