Stephen Ephraem Business Correspondent
IN a move that will see rural communities around the Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area benefiting, a Chiredzi-based non-profit organisation has received support to host a proposed transboundary intercommunity exchange forum.
Centre for Cultural Development Initiative (CCDI), which coordinates community development activities through culture and conservation, has received a funding of €15 265 (US$17 935) from Southern Africa Development Community Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (SADC/GIZ).
The transboundary intercommunity exchange forum will be hosted in Chiredzi which is home to Zimbabwe’s second largest wildlife reserve, the 5 053 square kilometre Gonarezhou National Park.
Gonarezhou is part of one of the Peace parks project which joins it with a 19 485 square kilometre Kruger National Park of South Africa and a 10 000 square kilometre Limpopo National Park of Mozambique to form the 35 000 square kilometre Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
Other reserves that complement the Great Limpopo TFCA include Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Malipati Safari Area, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary, Chiredzi River, Save Valley, Bubye and Bubiana conservancies. The director for CCDI, Mr Hebert Pikela, is humbled by how the funding would help boost rural communities in Chiredzi.