Peace Parks Foundation
By adopting elephants, GoodFund supports the Peace Parks Foundation.
Dream with the Peace Parks Foundation
"Dream of ancient migration trails trodden deep by an instinct that time has never contained. Dream of a wilderness where the elephant roams and the roar of the lion shatters the night. Dream, like us, of experiencing Africa wild and free, where people can reap the benefits of nature and in turn support her."
This is the dream of the Peace Parks Foundation. A dream that will only be realised through the establishment of cross-border Peace Parks.
The Peace Parks Foundation is founded by Nelson Mandela, the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Dr. Anton Rupert, the President of WWF in South Africa.
Two decades from now, people may still refer to the “tigers” of South East Asia, but surely they will also refer to the “elephants” of Southern Africa – all because of an idea that sticks. Let’s prove together again that an idea is stronger than man! As Dr Anton Rupert, co-founder of PPF, says: “Always place yourself in the other man’s shoes, see through his eyes.”
The mission of the Peace Parks Foundation is: 'To facilitate the establishment of Transfrontier Conservation Areas (Peace Parks) supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity and regional peace and stability'. The four pillars of the Peace Parks Foundation are:
The first step in establishing a peace park is the drafting and the signing of international agreements and protocols. Once these are in place the actual development of the Peace Park can begin.
Training Wildlife Managers
Training of wildlife managers is key to proper management of park
resources. Obviously peace parks need lots of care to reach their
economic potential. At the SA Wildlife College conservation managers,
game rangers, anti-poaching units and field guides are trained.
At the College students learn to deal with community and nature
based conservation and tourism, wildlife and financial management.
More than 3000 students coming from more than 20 countries in Africa often from village backgrounds have already graduated from their courses.
A new Wildlife Veterinary Training project will start in 2005 at
the Hoheisen Research and Training Unit next to the Wildlife College.
The control of endemic and transmittable diseases, such as tuberculosis and foot- and mouth-disease is a critical matter. Without such wildlife disease management national and international trade barriers can block the export of perfect meat, from Botswana for example, and this in turn puts the tourism income at risk.
Training Guesthouse Managers
Training of Guesthouse Managers is important for further growth of adequate tourist amenities and accommodation in the fantastic park areas. African women from a rural background between the ages of 25 and 40 qualify as trainees. This takes place at Panorama Hotel in Graaff- Reinet in South-Africa, known as the “jewel of the Karoo”.
International tourists must have easy access to parks and good transport facilities. Therefore new airports, such as Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and in-park road construction are also key priorities.
Peace Parks concept has grown from 6 in 1997 to 20 parks in 2002 in
Southern Africa alone. That’s why Peace Parks Foundation has expanded
its original missionary and facilitating role to that of managing international
aid funding. Funds from the German Ministry of Cooperation, KfW, USAID
and EU go directly to construction and development of the 20 mega-parks
in Southern Africa.