5 February 2014
Minister Edna Molewa welcomes the R232.2 million grant received by Peace Parks Foundation from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries to combat rhino poaching in southern Africa
The Dutch Postcode Lottery donated R217 million of the total donation, with R15.2 million being contributed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, towards the fight against rhino poaching.
The South African government and its public entities, South African National Parks (SANParks) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo), are working closely with Peace Parks Foundation to develop a multi-pronged approach to combat rhino poaching and wildlife crime.
The majority of this funding will be spent on enhancing the existing efforts to protect rhino in South Africa, which hosts 83% of the continent’s wild rhino population.
All other southern African rhino range states have been consulted during the development of this project and they will form an integral part of the strategies designed to save the species.
This special project has been designed to augment the procedures implemented by SANParks in the Kruger National Park and the Mozambican government in Limpopo National Park, both integral to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. In particular, the emphasis will be on intelligence gathering and on technology applications such as conservation drones and other specialist equipment. It will also include training and capacity building, as well as incentives and rewards for rangers, communities and members of the public who support the conservation of rhino.
ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ON 05 FEBRUARY 2014
Mr Werner Myburgh said: “I’d like to emphasise that the grant by the lotteries will fund a multifaceted and comprehensive programme, based on extensive liaison with all relevant partners and key stakeholders. There will be a focus on what is happening at the interface of poachers, rangers and communities to improve the daily realities of the two latter groups of people. The grant will be very carefully managed and audited, as is the case with all funding secured by Peace Parks Foundation.”
In addition to the €14.4 million Dream Fund, Peace Parks Foundation, as a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, also received another €1.35 for its work. Peace Parks Foundation thanks the Dutch Postcode Lottery and the lottery players for this very generous and continued support of its work.
Since the Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charitable causes, it has donated more than €4 billion to organisations working on behalf of humanity and the natural environment. The Dutch Postcode Lottery this year donated a record €302 million to good causes.
The Dutch and Swedish postcode lotteries are both part of Novamedia, the world’s second largest private charity donor.
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