n Journal of Public Administration - The evolution and management of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park : an international collaborative effort




South Africa has entered into a number of agreements with its neighboring states, which are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with a view to establish transfrontier parks. These agreements are also aimed at effective cross-border natural resources management. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was the first Park to be established. Subsequent to the Kgalagadi, on 9 December 2002, the three heads of states (South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) signed an international treaty to establish the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP). This agreement establishes a 35 000 square km transfrontier park comprising three national parks, one in each of the respective states, 27% of which is in South Africa. The establishment of the GLTP has far reaching implications for South Africa. For instance, fences that demarcate the borders of the three states have to be removed over a period of time.

The envisaged paper starts by tracing the origin of the concept transfrontier park and in particular the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The Park is managed on the basis of the agreement entered into among the three countries. This agreement suggests the existence of international governmental relations. The paper analyses the structures that are responsible for the management of the GLTP. Lastly, the paper makes recommendations, which may hopefully contribute to the effective management of the GLTP.


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