Two decades later, southern Africa’s TFCAs incorporate over half of the declared conservation estate in the region. At over a million square kilometres, they rival the combined landmass of France and Spain.
The achievements have been thanks to the political will of the region’s leaders, the dedication of government and private sector entities and individuals, and the extraordinary and continued support of donors worldwide.
The concept of TFCAs is formally supported by all Southern African Development Community (SADC) members states, forms part of the official development strategy of SADC, and is being incorporated into the national legislation and policies of most SADC countries, as well as, their conservation agencies.
Under the chairmanship of Johann Rupert, the aim is to facilitate the delivery of fully functional peace parks, managed in harmony with their surrounding communities, to create sustainable local, national and regional benefit flows.
A global phenomenon
Over the last two decades the global number of transboundary protected areas complexes (TBPA) has gradually increased from 59 transborder areas (combined from 70 protected areas) as identified by IUCN in late 1980’s, to 169 (involving 666 individual protected areas) in 2001, and to 188 internationally adjoining protected areas (with at least 818 individual sites) by 2005. In 2007 the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) drew up an inventory that identified 227 TBPA complexes incorporating 3 043 individual protected areas or internationally designated sites. [Source: Global Transboundary Conservation Network]
Peace Parks Foundation is proud to play a key role in developing this global, forward-thinking conservation methodology across southern Africa.