Over 10% of Africa’s giraffe live in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
The KAZA TFCA is the world’s largest transboundary conservation area and covers parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The KAZA TFCA is home to one species of giraffe, the Southern giraffe (Giraffa giraffa), which includes two the subspecies G. g. angolensis and G. g. giraffa. The fate of this species in the region lies in the hands of the conservation leadership of the KAZA TFCA Partner States.
Together with the KAZA Secretariat and all five Partner States, the GCF team has set out to develop a Giraffe Conservation Strategy for this vast landscape. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between GCF and the KAZA TFCA Secretariat that was signed in 2019, set the scene to initiate this process.
In an inspiring online workshop in June 2021, representatives from all Partner States, the KAZA Secretariat, civil society and GCF came together to set this process into motion and develop a joint plan for protecting this iconic species.
The KAZA TFCA Giraffe Conservation Strategy 2021-2025 will be the first-ever Regional Giraffe Conservation Strategy. All workshop participants agreed that once the document is in place, the real work of securing a future for giraffe will start!
GCF is proud and excited to have started this process. Stay tuned for more updates.