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Where is African parks planning to upgrade next?

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" Central Africa and more generaly the Sahel region has now a very bad reputation, especially in France, because of the Boko Haram terrorism issue. I have no doubts that one day (mid to long term) the situation will stabilize and that europeans, especially Italian and French citizens will travel back to Niger, Mali and Chad. These travelers should be interested to combine Zakouma with the Saharan more clasic destinations. "

 

BH is largely restricted to lake Chad region affecting only northern Cameroon ( garoua and beyond ) & diffa on Niger side ( ie you can travel to zinder without fear of bh incursion ).BH does not affect central Africa

 

Southern mali is still accessible. Security precarious but ok in bamako. Even djenne is accessible. Any further north is absolutely off limits/NOT safe. Between Al sahwari /mujao & the now merged Al mourabitoun , ansar dine & aqim along with the multitude of independent group banditry Mali is only going to further deteriorate in the future.

 

Niger - niamey, tahoua, W np are very accessible and safe. zinder much the same with termit being accessible with obligatory military escorts. I was in arlit and agadez area with safety being an issue due to human/drug trafficking routes and the economies that have spring up around it. The positive is that northern Niger is FULL of surveillance security ( vs no man's land in northern mali )

 

In Chad both spazidavventura & FJ are still active in treks to ennedi, tibesti ( eastern , mtns ) emi kousi , etc. FJ heading to tassilli n'ajjer(algeria) and sudan as well. However I did tibesti and there are land mines still plaguing the region. Clearing operations underway but still present and the closer you are to the Libyan border the more precarious no matter how desolote a region.

 

Nigeria - BH only operates kaduna region to borno. Otherwise parks like kanji, cross river no, afi mtns are very much unaffected by BH.

 

 

Yes, as you said, the only classic destination in the region that can still be visited safely is Northern Chad. It is now very unsafe to visit the Cameroonian Extreme North (Waza, Maroua) and North region (Garoua).

I hope I will go with SVSTchad (same as Spazzi Rocco Rava's company) to visit the Ennedi in a couple of year.

 

French trekking agencies now longer offer trips in Southern Algeria (Adrar, Tassel), Lybia, Mali (Dogon and Gourma regions, Extreme North), Mauritania and Niger. (Aïr) Chad because of AQMI and Boko Haram has very bad press, and few companies still have demands for this country, which unfortunately led many agencies to close their programs in Chad.

 

Yes Northern Niger is full of security, principally due to the Uranium mines of Arlit, Taza, Akouta, Imoumaren, and other mining concessions all West to the Aïr mountains. But Agadez is also the main gate to cross the Sahara for the migrants trying their luck in Europe. My ants used to travel in Northern Niger, they are not ready to come back (she also visited Socotra and Yemen and the Afar region, which shows they are not to closely regarding about the destinations).

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@@jeremie

 

I would caution to not paint an entire country/ies - Niger, Mauritania ( diawling very accessible etc ), southern Mali " too dangerous " as they're simply not. They are very accessible. One need ensure they know their route and the current status but very doable.

 

The security in the north of niger is not as result of the uranium mines. The operational and in development properties provide their own private security ( including juniors - was last there for work site visit in Feb ) Barkhanes operations are primarily Mali so logistically northern Niger makes sense for all western ops including US. Don't believe the hype of the Nat resource claim. It is not the case.

 

I hope you do make it to ennedi & tibesti soon - perhaps/hopefully I will run into you along the way :)

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On 5/13/2017 at 4:51 PM, egilio said:

A wishlist...These are a view areas which spring to mind.

The WAP area (Pendjair-Arly-W) in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. Or any subset of it. Niokolo-Koba in Senegal (small populations of elephants, lions, giant sable and wild dogs left). Dinder NP in Sudan seems to hold reasonable numbers of animals, Manovo-Gounda-Saint-Flores NP in CAR might hold viable animal populations, some area in South Sudan are very much worth protecting. Basically any area with wildlife left in central and western Africa is worth protecting from an animal conservation point of view.

Large areas in south-east Angola could prove to be incredible wildlife areas if given the chance to recover (Luiana, Mucosso, Luengue, Longa Mavinga), Cameia NP could be a fantastic destination but I'm not sure if there are any viable mammal populations left. Cangadala and/or Luando are worth protecting just because these are the only areas where small populations of one of the rarest antelopes are left (giant sables). And Kafue NP in Zambia could benefit from increased funding.

 

~ @egilio

 

Thank you for posting this.

 

It was educational to go through the places you listed and the reasons why.

 

For an ordinary person like me who knows next to nothing, such posts are precious.

 

Thanks!

 

Tom K.

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Well, there is further news in the last communication report edited by APN yesterday (May 2017 monthly report):

http://mailchi.mp/african-parks/african-parks-may-2017-ceos-report?e=d62687f7ea

 

In relation with the prospections for new protected areas, things are going well for Bazaruto. As Shaba/Buffalo Springs negotiations are getting longer than expected, APN is a bit worried with the next presidential elections later on this year, and think that depending on the results, there is a risk they could change everything for this new protected area to be incorporated in the NGP portfolio. 

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6 hours ago, jeremie said:

Well, there is further news in the last communication report edited by APN yesterday (May 2017 monthly report):

http://mailchi.mp/african-parks/african-parks-may-2017-ceos-report?e=d62687f7ea

 

In relation with the prospections for new protected areas, things are going well for Bazaruto. As Shaba/Buffalo Springs negotiations are getting longer than expected, APN is a bit worried with the next presidential elections later on this year, and think that depending on the results, there is a risk they could change everything for this new protected area to be incorporated in the NGP portfolio. 

Yes one could argue benign dictatorship is often better than this brand of democracy when it comes to management of protected areas. 

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Well @Anita, this is a very legitimate debate that can be led in a wider scale. Many Westerners politicians are debating if the Arab Revolutions (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria) had positive outcomes on a global point of view. The answer is not clear and depends on the interests in question.

 

I notice that the French clearly decided to support Idriss Deby in Chad to protect their interests in the region. Interesting is that Chad Dictatorship is actively supporting conservation measures in the country (Zakouma, OROA, Ennedi), when democracies are not doing anything in neighboring countries.

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For those interested in Pendjari and W national parks in Benin, here is a 2012 census led in the W protected areas, located in Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.

In comparison with the 2003 census, large mammals populations globally increased in the park (roan, buffaloes). But the park faced by then livestock invasion, especially in Benin.

 

The situation got worse in the following years, with poaching of elephants and game.

 

http://www.elephantdatabase.org/system/population_submission_attachments/files/000/000/296/original/svyFWXXWAP2012AT.pdf

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2 hours ago, jeremie said:

For those interested in Pendjari and W national parks in Benin, here is a 2012 census led in the W protected areas, located in Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.

... the park faced by then livestock invasion, especially in Benin.

 

~ @jeremie

 

Thank you so much for posting this helpful link.

 

Livestock invasion’ is a phenomenon which causes a deep sigh.

 

Tom K.

 

 

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