The Natural Resources Working Group is a voluntary association of natural resource specialists from NGOs and Government Ministries that work collectively to support conservancies and improve natural resource management in Namibia. Services provided to conservancies by NRWG can be separated into development activities and maintenance activities. Development activities will come to an end when all conservancies in Namibia are fully established and no longer require further development. Maintenance services are likely to continue indefinitely. They are currently being supported with donor or government funds but in future conservancies may be expected to pay for some of these services.
Supporting the monitoring of wildlife and other natural resources in conservancies is an important component of the work of the NRWG. Photo: R. & G. Everett
Conservancies use the Event Book system to monitor their resources. NRWG provides training, materials, technical support, annual NRM audits and discusses management strategies. The Event Book database holds summary data, giving a national picture of natural resource management.
Muduva Nyanga Conservancy Event Book filing system. Photo: Peggy Poncelet
Communication and coordination are vital. NRWG develops tools that conservancies use to communicate issues to members, stakeholders and their neighbours. NRWG also documents 'best practice' and lessons learnt.
Stimulate co-management arrangements between neighbouring conservancies and adjacent parks
Document and share NRM lessons learnt
Develop tools for conservancies to communicate with their members and stakeholders
Assist conservancies to identify stakeholders and service providers
Provide conservancies with information to create awareness of opportunities and constraints
Develop internal and external NRM communication channels
Conservancies require a formalised agreement on how they will be managed and NRWG provides assistance to develop management plans. It also develops and constantly improves on a management plan framework.
NRM To register conservancies must have defined boundaries, and for planning they require maps showing features relevant to natural resource management and tourism development. NRWG provides training in collecting spatial data and developing customised maps.