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Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has sponsored another clean-up of the Fish River Canyon recently in partnership with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Namdeb, the Gondwana Nature Reserve, Nam-Place (Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative) and neighbors of the park.
This is the third clean-up initiative that has been held since 2012. The popular canyon has been in a filthy state after the hiking season from May to September, which served as the motivation behind the initiative.
Clean-up campaigns like this one is important to the country, as Namibia’s natural resources are a major draw-card for Namibian tourism an our economy. Tourists fall in love with the unique Namibian beauty and the pristine state of the country has been commented on countless times.
45 volunteers took part in the campaign, including staff of the South African Directorate of Environmental Issues, the Ministry of Youth & Sport, the Ministry of Labor & Social Welfare as well as residents of close-by towns.
The volunteers were divided into 3 groups, who cleaned up the 90km area. The clean-up area also included the /Ai-/Ais hot springs spa and game reserve as well as the Transfrontier Park.
NBL contributed N$20 000 and beverages towards the clean-up.