GLTP – Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve shares a border with the Gonarezhou National Park (GNP) in Zimbabwe, an area renowned for its impressive tuskers and healthy elephant population. The park has been through some challenging times but a successful partnership between the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Frankfurt Zoological Society, has meant the park is once again becoming one of Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife areas. The partnership began in 2007, with Frankfurt Zoological Society playing a largely supporting role in the development of the park. This partnership was then revised, and the oversight and management of the park was officially handed over to the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust (GCT) in early 2017 to allow for an enhanced partnership, providing a platform for improved funding channels and greater investment in the development of the park.
The GNP is a core member of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) and the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), an area made up of a network of contiguous national parks, private reserves and communal lands in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Transfrontier conservation model is aimed at enhancing inter-state co-operation, multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration for the benefit of conservation and sustainable local development. The Malilangwe Trust plays a role in this through its participation on the GLTP steering committee, which is a body comprised of local stakeholders tasked with the furtherance of the concept. In addition, the Malilangwe Trust provides support to the GCT in the protection of the GNP, both as a form of outreach and support and as a means of proactively assisting with conservation outside of its borders.