Maputo, 31 Jul (AIM) – The Niassa Especial Reserve (REN), in northern Mozambique, earned about 58 million meticais (around 900,000 dollars at the current exchange rate) through tourism over the last year.
The figure, according to Terêncio Tamel, the REN administrator, cited in Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Notícias”, constitutes a recovery after the international impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He explained that a significant part of the money is the result of professional hunting licences.
“Safari tourism and ecotourism were the main activities that contributed to the economic balance in this conservation area. Tourists from America, South Africa and Russia were more active in the areas provided for tourist activities”, Tamel said.
REN covers 42,000 square kilometres in the districts of Sanga, Mavago, Mecula, Marrupa, Majane and Muembe, in Niassa; and Montepuez and Mueda, in Cabo Delgado Province. 17 concessions have been granted in the reserve, but only 15 are properly occupied.
“The tourist operations employ 1,362 people, but most of them are seasonal workers”, Tamel added. “The reserve set up 47 scholarships for different learning subsystems”.
He added that the government has been making available 20 percent of tourism fees per year for the community.