28 January 2013

Angola: National Park of Mupa May Change Category

Luanda — The increase of population, agricultural farms and the construction of permanent homes are among the practices that can compel the officials tasked with the preservation of the environment to change the category or close the National Park of Mupa, turned abandonment.

Located 175 km east of Ondjiva city, in municipality of Cuvelai, the park covers an area of 6, 600 square kilometres and more than 25,000 citizens being confined.

Many of them make its flora and fauna source of livelihood.

According to a source from the Ministry of Environment, the park is losing the basic conditions for the protection of its biodiversity, as a result of the invasion it suffer lately.

Poaching, indiscriminate tree-cutting, preparation of large extensions of land to practice agriculture and livestock are also other evils reported in the locality.

Created in 1965, the park is located in the southern region of Angola, in municipality of Kuvelai.

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