Angola has six national parks and some specially protected reserves. During and after the civil war, the parks and reserves lay neglected, victimized by uncontrolled hunting and human encroachment. Now some parks are beginning to be rehabilitated. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation Rehabilitating Angola’s National Parks, at the Viking Club, on Thursday April 29th, at 8:00 PM with Angolan environmentalist Vladimir Russo, former Director for Environmental Management within the Ministry of Environment.
He will discuss the current status of Quiçama, Cangandala, Bicuar and Iona national parks, focusing on their rehabilitation and development of conservation programs and he will explore the ongoing challenge of how to deal with poaching and the increase in agricultural, mining and housing activities around these protected areas. The presentation will also look at how the national parks contribute to biodiversity management in the country and the opportunities for tourism.
Our presenter helped found the first environmental association in Angola in 1991, Juventude Ecológica Angolana (JEA). For the past six years he has been involved in biodiversity related activities which include the development of the Angolan National Biodiversity Strategy and supporting national park rehabilitation and conservation. Vladimir has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, $3.00 each. For a location map of the Viking Club visit our website’s Join Us page. The club is on the main floor of the ‘Predio Maianga’ at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.