Local government and traditional authorities around the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) have unanimously agreed to have a regional forum at which local leaders could meet and share ideas on the transboundary management of natural resources. This was agreed at a regional meeting held on 1st to 2nd November at Tshipise Forever Resort in the Vhembe District of the Limpopo Province, South Africa, and brought together local government and traditional authorities from each of the participating countries (Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe).
During the meeting, participants went further and worked on their own to develop the terms of reference that guide guide both the forum establishment process as well as the functioning of the forum. This demonstrates the ownership the local communities have of the Limpopo project processes and their leadership in raising pertinent issues regarding the project plan and time frames.
In his closing remarks, Chief Makuleke of the Makuleke people reiterated the view that was expressed by many during the meeting; and - on behalf of the local leaders - requested that the implementation of livelihoods projects be done earlier than planned. The Makuleke people have become known as the first beneficiaries of the South African land restitution process that eventually saw them gain back their land from which they were forcefully removed in 1969 to form part of the Kruger National Park.
The Limpopo Transboundary Programme is being implemented by IUCN in partnership with CESVI, with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation.
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