July 12, 2012

A name revered in inner conservation circles – Lars Karlsson

By Mary Seely, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia Although many may never have heard of him, Lars Karlsson is revered in Namibia’s inner environmental circles. He […]
July 12, 2012

Conservation Hero – Matambo Singwangwa

By Linda Baker, SPAN Communications Officer He’s been shot at by UNITA rebels, narrowly escaped being blown up by a landmine, had close encounters with lions […]
July 12, 2012

Save the Rhino Trust – How many NGO’s does it take to save a rhino?

By Ginger Mauney In the early 1980s, illegal poaching of black rhinos in the arid north-western regions of Namibia was rife. The population of these rare, solitary […]
July 13, 2012

The Future of Co-Management – Conservation must harmonise with social needs

By Colgar Sikopo, Deputy Director (North): Directorate of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM), MET and Midori Paxton, Project Co-ordinator for the UNDP/GEF-funded Strengthening the Protected Area […]
July 13, 2012

Women in Conservation – Rural role models take charge

By Dr Margaret Jacobsohn, Co-Director Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation We’ve come a long way since the early 1990s when the first rural women – […]
July 13, 2012

World Conservation Union – The international importance of Namibian conservation areas

By Hu Berry Fragile flamingos link with portly pelicans and lions, forming an unusual connection in Namibia’s effort to secure their survival through international conservation agencies. […]
July 13, 2012

Leatherback turtles – Why are they dying on our coastline?

By Rod Braby, Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) The most abundant sea turtle in Nambian waters in recent times has been the leatherback, the largest […]
July 13, 2012

Namibian Dolphin Project – Baseline data urgently needed

By Dr Simon Elwen, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria The ocean off Namibia has been severely affected by overfishing in the last few decades. As […]
July 15, 2012

Culling of seals – still a controversial issue

Seal culling is and will remain a controversial subject. Perhaps it is the clubbing of the young seals that is causing the emotional reaction. Other ways of killing the young seals have been investigated by researchers all over the world, but no better alternative has been found. Clubbing was found to be the most humane. Namibia also has a legal and moral duty, as it is a signatory of the United Nations Law of the Sea and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. There are several conservation- and animal welfare groups in the country and they work with the government to use resources in a sustainable manner.
July 15, 2012

Namibia’s Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector – Achieving community benefits at scale

By Keith Sproule, Tourism Business Advisor, WWF-Namibia and Helge Denker, NACSO/WWF in Namibia Over the past two decades, Namibia has strived to achieve a balance between conservation […]
July 15, 2012

Collaborative game counting in conservancies – A key to sustainable use

by Helge Denker on behalf of the NACSO Natural Resource Working Group Seven million hectares, seven thousand kilometres, three hundred people, twenty-seven conservancies, two weeks… The numbers […]
July 15, 2012

Community Based Natural Resource Management – Why does the world take note?

by Helge Denker, NACSO/WWF in Namibia A sparsely populated desert country in Southern Africa as a world leader in community-based conservation? Unlikely? Well, people from the Great […]
July 15, 2012

Community Forestry in Namibia Integrated forest management

by Rolf-D Sprung, German Development Service (DED) More than 30 women and men swarm through the forest, collecting branches and trunk pieces scattered over the ground from […]
July 15, 2012

Conservancy profile – ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy

Established in 1998, the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy is a significant component of a greater conservation area that includes communal conservancies, tourism concessions, the Etosha National Park and […]
July 15, 2012

Conservancy profile – Mudumu North Complex

Text Lucy Kemp on behalf of the NACSO Natural Resource Working Group Established in 2005, the Mudumu North Complex is a cluster of different types of […]
July 15, 2012

Conservancy profile – Sheya Shuushona

by Lucy Kemp on behalf of the NACSO Natural Resource Working Group Established in 2005, the conservancy was named after King Sheya Shuushona, who reigned in […]
July 15, 2012

Conservation profile – The Torra Conservancy comes of age

by Ginger Mauney, Project Co-ordinator, Conservation and the Environment in Namibia For nearly thirty years Bennie Roman has been active in the transformation of his land, and has […]
July 15, 2012

Conservation profile Messages from the past

by Christine Eckstrom As a young girl, Desarie Ilnoobes played with other children in a remote valley near her village, in the shadow of the red sandstone […]
July 15, 2012

Conservation profile – A Caprivian dream

by Karine Nuulimba, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation A Caprivi Region where everyone knows the importance of using natural resources wisely… plenty of jobs, thanks to […]
July 15, 2012

Diversifying the economic base in conservancies – Benefits from bushes

by Karen Nott, Co-ordinator, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) First-time visitors to the Kunene Region sometimes leave the area wishing they could sell all their […]

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