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For the love of elephants

As elephants get poached at unprecedented rates, their numbers are shrinking fast. Five countries have decided to work together to improve their chances of survival.

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Project aim: The Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area
aims to protect the region's rich biodiversity, as well as support sustainable development and secure alternative sources of income for local populations.
Project size: Thirty-six wilderness reserves and national parks in Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia have been brought together to form a single 444,0000 square kilometer conservation complex.
Project volume: Germany is one of the project development partners and has so far made 35.5 million euros availabe for the expansion of the protected area.
Biodiversity: KAZA is home to 44 percent of all African elephants, as well as 3,000 plant and 600 animal species.

Tear down the fences and let the elephants roam free! That could well be the motto of the multinational KAZA project, in which five states - Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia - are working to create the largest conservation area in the world. The size of Germany and Austria combined, it would provide space for Africa's majestic elephants to return to their historic routes. Germany is the largest financial backer, with support for the initiative to the tune of 35 million euros.

A film by Jürgen Schneider

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