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THE mighty Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier project received a shot in the arm this week when several parties were signatory to a memorandum of agreement, which will ensure the natural and cultural heritage of this internationally recognised area remains intact and is utilised for maximum benefit.
Chief Executives from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs, Eastern Cape Tourism Board, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, KwaZulu- Natal Nature Conservation Board and South African National Parks confirmed the status of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project in Durban. Each has been tasked with particular functions:
Recognising that poverty is the cause of environmental and cultural heritage degradation, it was agreed that poverty should be addressed through sustainable tourism development.
Biodiversity and cultural heritage conservation should also be established as key components of local economic development. The agreement is to remain in force until the end of 2011.