Seven million hectares, seven thousand kilometres, three hundred people, twenty-seven conservancies, two weeks... The numbers may sound impressive, but what do they mean? Namibia has been innovative and successful in developing community-based monitoring systems. A prime example is the annual North-West Game Count: what began as a pilot project in 2000 has become the largest road-based game count in the world. The count is repeated religiously at
By Ginger Mauney Because Namibia recognizes that conservation is about more than just a species or a place, I nominate Omba Arts Trust as my conservation hero. They not only help local artisans keep traditional skills alive, they also change lives. Omba’s roots go back 20 years when founder Karin le Roux developed a range of textiles with a group of unemployed women in a small rural village in the south of Namibia. Today, Omba Arts
, Twyfelfontein (meaning "doubtful fountain"), is a massive, open air art gallery. With over 2,000 rock engravings, Twyfelfontein represent one of the largest and most important rock art concentrations in Africa. In June 2007 this striking natural red-rock gallery of tumbled boulders, smooth surfaces and history etched in stone was awarded World Heritage Site status, making it Namibia’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site&n
Following Namibia's independence in 1990, one of the government’s priorities was to enable local communities in communal areas to legally access and benefit from their natural resources. Rural residents gained the rights to manage and benefit from the wildlife and related tourism resources in their area by forming conservancies. Management committees appointed by the people make decisions and benefits go directly to conservancy members. As impo
By Conrad Brain Keeping track of one elephant herd is a mammoth task – even with high tech tracking devices, an aircraft and many years of experience with the particular herd. Yet, on occasion they vanish, out of tracking range and out of your realm of expertise. It as at those times you have to reach out and take advice from superior knowledge. Luckily, like the elephants themselves, a small group of local people in Namibia also never forgets.
The late Des Bartlett said, “photography is painting with light.” Des and his wife, Jen, who filmed and photographed wildlife on six continents for more than 50 years, found inspiration in Namibia. Their work here won Emmy awards, was featured on National Geographic magazine covers, and inspired other photographers to come and experience Namibia in all its shining light. Sunrise and sunset are usually the best times to photograph,&
The son of a wildlife poacher turned protector, John Kasaona is a new breed of conservationists: one that understands the past, works tirelessly in the present and is excited to inspire the future generation of conservationists. Under South African rule, wildlife numbers in Namibia shrank dramatically. After independence, the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) turned to local communities - like John's - to beco
View one of the greatest wildlife spectaculars on earth where herds of elephant, black-maned lions, and the world’s last remaining populations of black rhino roam the plains. More than 110 large and small animal species call Etosha National Park home, and 340 bird species soar above the plains. Savor the thrill of spotting animals hidden in the bush while you drive along Etosha’s 763km of open roads - or simply wait for animals to come to you
When Namibia gained its independence in 1990, there were many wounds to heal and issues to address. From poverty alleviation to government institutions to language and education, the country was deeply involved in the basics of ‘nation building.’ But Namibians didn’t fight long and hard for their Independence without a deep respect for the future – and this includes respect for and protection of the environment.
What is so significant about the fact that 42% of Namibia’s land is under conservation management? This shows real commitment to conservation, management and sustainable utilization of natural resources as per the Namibian constitution. It is pushing boundaries and standing out amongst the rest. It is important to recognise that all natural resource based production systems depend on the functioning of the ecosystems for their perfo