Administrator of Gorongosa Park in Mozambique distinguished with international award
The administrator of Gorongosa National Park (PNG), Pedro Muagura, won the Kenton R. Miller Prize for “standing out in the development of innovative policies” in that Mozambican conservation area, the entity announced.
The award, given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN), honors conservationists who are taking “bold steps” to ensure the long-term sustainability of protected areas, says a note from the National Park Gorongosa sent to the media.
Pedro Muagura was chosen by the institution based in Switzerland, due to his efforts to promote sustainable land use, community development and the conservation of biodiversity in Gorongosa National Park, with emphasis on the coffee cultivation project, a business promoted by PNG and whose profits are spent on educating girls around the area.
“I am very happy that my ideas were considered by the people of Serra da Gorongosa. We can all contribute to innovate and improve the world we live in, if we work as a team and believe that it is possible to succeed, even though at the outset it seems very difficult and even dangerous ”, said Pedro Muagura.
In addition to the Mozambican conservationist, Lebanese Nizar Hani was also distinguished with the prize for his actions to transform the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, in Lebanon, into a globally significant model for ecological development.
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