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Contact: Denise Bausch, 509-754-7830
On October 11, 2017 Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Spioenkop Nature Reserve in South Africa signed a five year “Sister Park” Agreement. This agreement allows for intellectual exchange, international cooperation, sharing ways to enrich visitor experiences, and enhance training of park staff. This relationship also encourages both parks to share firsthand information on a variety of topics including park management, resource conservation, education, partner organizations, friend groups, and collaboration with gateway communities and local economies. This may be accomplished primarily through the exchange of managerial, technical and professional knowledge, information, data, technology, training and staff exchanges.
Several NPS sites have established "sister park" relationships in the last few years with parks in other countries. These partnerships increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address many of the common issues that parks face today, primarily through improved telecommunications technologies. Lake Roosevelt and Spioenkop share mutual interests in in that both parks involve reservoirs impounded behind dams, have rich history tied to the area, and are important resources for recreation.
Over the next 5 years, Lake Roosevelt and Spioenkop plan to collaborate and exchange knowledge to improve both parks’ potential development and implementation of management and financial plans, management of cultural and natural resources, recreation and nature-based tourism planning and management, interpretation and educational outreach, and developing public and private partnerships for infrastructure development and economic beneficiation.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/laro/learn/management/sister-park.htm.