Parque National Do Limpopo history
After the Mozambique Peace Accord of 1992, on the recommendation of
the Mozambican Council of Ministers, the Global Environment Facility,
through the World Bank, funded feasibility analyses, which culminated in a series of recommendations contained in a 1996 report. The long-held vision of linking three National Parks, as well as key interstitial areas, became reality with the formal agreements of the Governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe on 10th November 2000, to establish the Great Limpopo Trans Frontier Park (GLTP) and Conservation Area.
One of the first steps taken by the Mozambican Government to implement the formal agreement was to change the legal status of Coutada 16 to that of a National Park. Mozambique proclaimed Limpopo National Park on 27 November 2001 and requested Peace Parks Foundation’s assistance in overseeing its development as a Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved project, funded by the German Ministry of Cooperation through KfW, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the World Bank.
Limpopo National Park readily accepted membership of a much larger conservation initiative when it joined the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area, a conservation area of 35 000 km2 (an area about the size of the Netherlands) that includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park. A formal treaty establishing the Tranfrontier Park was signed by the respective Heads of state in Xai Xai December 2002.
Although PNL was officially opened to the public in August 2005 when the Presidents of the three respective countries opened the Giriyondo Border Gate between KNP and PNL, the park is still being developed.