A primary objective of Machangulo project is to provide sustainable improvements for the local community in the areas of health, education, food security and employment.
Economic empowerment of the local community and ownership of conservation initiatives are essential to preserve the environment. A guiding principal of the Machangulo project is that nature conservation must go hand-in-hand with sustainable economic uplift for the local community.
Machangulo’s construction activities initially focused on community infrastructure such as schools, medical clinics, community buildings and water supply.
In addition to the direct uplift that the Machangulo investment has provided in terms of health and education, the infrastructure and coastal holiday home construction has provided employment through both construction and ongoing servicing and has resulted in a significant proportion of the local community gaining valuable employment skills and experience. The planned further development of Machangulo as a nature conservation tourist destination will sustainably extend these benefits to the local community and will empower the development of their community and way of life on their own terms.
The nature conservation objective of the Machangulo nature reserve requires that restrictions and control of access are in place to protect the environment but the traditional access of the local community is maintained, especially to their sacred sites, for sustainable foraging and to the beach for fishing.
A major new investment in a sustainable agriculture project is also key to providing food security and income. The project is based on the latest sustainable organic methods whilst providing an attractive alternative to unsustainable slash and burn practices which threaten the conservation of the pristine ecology.