Commitment We engage with governments to obtain buy-in, secure protected land, and channel investment into development of transboundary conservation areas. Conservation at Scale We plan and implement innovative strategies that revitalise habitat integrity, restore ecological functionality, and protect biodiversity. Commercial Development We develop nature-based tourism and enterprise opportunities to ensure the long-term sustainability of protected areas.
During a September visit of the Angolan President Joao Lourenço to the region, the governor of Cunene, Gerdina Didalelwa, said that the drought had caused a movement of people “never seen before, ” with 4, 000 people displaced within Cunene province and 2, 000 to Namibia. In September, the Angolan government set up a task force largely made up of officials from government institutions to distribute humanitarian aid to victims of the drought. Abuses by State Security Forces Angolan state security forces continued to be implicated in serious human rights abuses, including summary executions, excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, and arbitrary detentions throughout 2021. On January 30, police killed at least 10 protesters, when they indiscriminately fired at people who had peacefully gathered to demand better public services, such as water and electricity supply, in the diamond-rich town of Cafunfu, in Lunda Norte province.
Peace Parks FoundationWHAT WE DO Passionately protecting and restoring critical ecosystems The Peace Parks dream is to re-establish, renew and preserve large functional ecosystems that transcend man-made boundaries – thereby protecting and regenerating natural and cultural heritage vital to enabling and sustaining a harmonious future for humankind and the natural world.
Following the violence, graphic video footage shared on social media showed uniformed Angolan police officers and soldiers walking among the dead and injured on a road, kicking and beating detainees. The Angolan police chief, Paulo de Almeida, initially rejected calls for an independent investigation into alleged excessive use of force against protesters, but the police department later announced that two senior officers implicated in the violence had been dismissed. They were implicated in the mishandling of corpses and the mistreatment of detained protesters, including kicking and beatings. In February, the Angolan NGO Mosaiko accused police of intimidating activists and religious missionaries in Lunda Norte, after officers prevented priests and Mosaiko activists from leaving their homes.
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Community Engagement We capacitate communities in the sustainable use of natural resources and unlock opportunities for deriving equitable benefits from conservation. Connected Conservation A transfrontier conservation area (TFCA) is defined as the area or component of a large ecological region that straddles the boundaries of two or more countries, encompassing one or more protected areas as well as multiple resource use areas.
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Security forces continued to use force to prevent peaceful protests. On November 11, 2020, Angola’s Independence Day, the police used live bullets, teargas, and dogs to disperse a peaceful anti-government protest, killing one protester in Luanda. In April, police used bullets and teargas to disperse a group of students who took to the streets in Luanda, the Angolan capital, to protest the increase of school fees. In August, police used dogs and batons to disperse a group of about 20 people who tried to protest in front of the parliament building in Luanda. Children’s Rights Authorities struggled to protect the rights of children, as cases of sexual abuse of children continued to increase.
Freedom of Media Authorities continued to use draconian media laws to repress and harass journalists. In June, journalists Coque Mukuta and Escrivão José were charged with criminal defamation after two ruling party officials filed separate complaints about articles they published. The Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, reported at least six other cases of criminal defamation complaints against journalists in Angola since March. Millions of Angolans across the country are still denied access to free, diverse, and impartial information, as Angola remained the only southern African country without community radio stations.
State security forces were implicated in serious human rights abuses, including summary executions, excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, and arbitrary detentions. Authorities also used draconian media laws to limit the work of journalists. Cases of sexual abuse of children continued to increase. Several provinces in southern Angola faced the worst drought in 40 years, causing over 1. 3 million people to face hunger, with many crossing the border into Namibia in search of food. Humanitarian Crisis in the Southern Region Southern Angola faced the worst drought since 1981, which severely affected access to food in three provinces.
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The World Food Program (WFP) said that more than 1. 3 million people in Cunene, Huila, and Namibe provinces faced severe hunger. Of those, 114, 000 were children under the age of 5, who were suffering or likely to suffer from acute malnutrition. In March, the Namibian press reported that hundreds of Angolans fleeing the drought had crossed the border into Namibia in search of food. In July, a local nongovernmental organization (NGO), the Association Building Communities (Associação Construindo Comunidades, ACC), called the situation “catastrophic, ” and urged the Angolan government to declare a state of emergency in the region.
As of October, authorities had arrested at least one man in connection with the case, and police investigations were still ongoing. The government did not publicly disclose what type of assistance, if any, it had provided to the victims. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 18 percent of Angolan children were out of primary school. After the pandemic’s start in 2020, schools were closed for 195 days, and partially open to certain ages or in certain areas, for 106 days, affecting 8. 7 million children. In 2021, schools were partially closed in January and February, but open for the remainder of the year.