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ANAC Celebrates Progress and Challenges to Financial Sustainability at 13th Anniversary

ANAC Celebrates Progress and Challenges to Financial Sustainability at 13th Anniversary

The National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) celebrated 13 years of its existence on Saturday (25), marked by an increase in conservation areas, emblematic species including elephants, buffalo and rhinos, and a reduction in wildlife crime.

The challenges include poaching, financial sustainability and others, according to an ANC statement sent to AIM.

The information was released by ANAC on Saturday (25) in a press release as part of the celebrations marking the 13th anniversary of this institution, which was created on 25 May 2011 by decree no. 11/2011.

Available data indicates that wildlife crime has fallen by around 80% due to improved human technological capacity in enforcement, the active participation of judicial magistrates and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Defence and Security Forces (FDS), the National Agency for Environmental Quality Control (AQUA), local communities, partners and civil society.

In fact, the faunal census carried out in the country points to a stable elephant population, compared to the census carried out in 2014.

The elephant population is currently estimated at between 9,000 and 10,000 animals. The lion population in the centre of the country has now risen to 5,000 animals.

In the Bazaruto Archipelago, the number of dugongs counted is 139 animals.

From 2011 to date, 7,778 emblematic animals have been translocated, including elephants, buffalo, black and white rhinos.

ANAC says that between 2015 and 2023 it collected revenue totalling 574,895,478.69 meticals (around nine million dollars) from contemplative tourism in national parks and reserves, as well as game tourism in official hunting grounds and wild game farms.

As challenges, ANAC points to improving the consolidation of the effective management of conservation areas, sharing socio-economic benefits with local communities, combating poaching, illegal trade in wildlife products, the financial sustainability of conservation areas and the reintroduction of emblematic species with a view to guaranteeing tourist attraction.

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