NACSO connects the communities and organisations that manage and conserve Namibia’s natural resources
NACSO Director: Ms. Maxi Pia Louis
My background is tourism, and as a child I wanted to travel the world, meet people and share cultural experiences. Today I share these experiences all over the world and learn so much from people in the conservation and tourism industry. I’m passionate about working with communities in rural areas — 80% of land in Africa is home to wildlife, natural resource users and poor communities that cannot be ignored by our decision-makers. Partnerships between Tourism and Conservation have made significant changes in rural Namibia, and I believe they can be used as one of the tools to address issues of development in Africa. I have dedicated myself to the Community Based Natural Resources Management Programme for the last 15 years in government and non-government agencies.
Natural Resources Working Group Co-ordinator: Annatjie Dupreez
Annatjie has a background in natural resources, administration and finance. After taking a BSc in Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch she worked in veld management and wildlife monitoring on a private game farm, as Douglas Reissner’s assistant at the NNF, at IRDNC and at a financial services company before moving to the Namibia Agricultural Union, where she worked for 8 years in the commodities department. Her administrative skills, combined with her interest in natural resources make her an ideal coordinator of the working group. Annatjie sees her job in practical terms and wants to make sure that everything happens on time.
NRWG Conservation Support Technician: Dave Ward
Dave Ward is NACSO's Conservation Support Technician.
Dave is rarely in the office and usually in the field assisting conservancies to monitor wildlife, human-wildlife conflict issues, and to combat poaching. Seen here with the Event Book, Dave instructs conservancy game guards on how to use this valuable monitoring tool which he has developed with the NRWG over the years.
Business, Enterprise and Livelihoods Working Group Co-ordinator: Richard Diggle
Richard is a Business and CBNRM specialist at World Wildlife Fund in Namibia.
Institutional Development Working Group Co-ordinator: Hilma Angula
Hilma Angula first joined NACSO as a Conservation Leadership Programme intern in 2014, working with the Natural Resources Working Group, often camping in the bush, while working closely with communities. She later became a Community Liaison Officer under the same department, where she spent time engaging with communities, assisting them with their adaptive management plan - a feedback tool aimed at helping communities to manage their natural resources better. She holds a Master’s degree in Conservation Leadership from Cambridge University and is now the Institutional Development Working Group Coordinator
Hilma is passionate about community conservation and natural resource management initiatives that prioritize partnerships and collaboration, to ensure improved governance and promote adaptive management. Her areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, community outreach, youth mobilization and natural resource monitoring.
She takes pride in her work and promises to deliver to the best of her ability in her new role.
GIS manager: Katharina Dierkes
Katharina has a Masters-level degree in Geography from the University of Regensburg in Germany, and fifteen years experience as a consultant in the fields of GIS. Her experience has embraced spatial analysis and planning, with particular reference to hydrogeological and natural resources, but also to water supply infrastructure and town planning. Her work for engineers and town & regional planners as well as for a wide range of government, private, NGO and donor clients, has enabled her to offer specialised services in the collection and management of spatial information and its interpretation, GIS applications and GIS data management. Katharina joined NACSO and the Natural Resource Working Group as a consultant in October 2014.
Adaptive Management Officer: Herman Aindongo
Herman Aindongo comes from Omusati region in northern Namibia. He has a Honours degree in Natural Resources Management and Nature Conservation from the Namibian University of Science and Technology and is currently persuing a Masters from the same institution. Herman is genuinely passionate about nature, especially the vast untouched Namibian landscapes and enjoys working with people. He started off at NACSO in 2017 as an intern for the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme and he is now NACSO's Adaptive Management Officer. He strives for the success of conservation in Namibia and to improve livelihoods of rural Namibians.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Victoria Amon
Victoria is a young enthusiastic lady who joins the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme with a double major in Geography & Environmental studies, as well as Sociology. She is a passionate environmentalist with a special interest in water and wildlife conservation. She is always eager to learn and believes the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme is the right programme to give her more exposure to conservation issues and gain invaluable skills towards her career development.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Rauha Iyambo
Rauha Iyambo joined the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme with a bachelor's degree in Geo-Information Science from the University of Namibia. She works closely with the GIS manager, under the Natural Resources Working Group, while also taking part in other CBNRM retated activities. Rauha enjoys working at NACSO because it's a multidisciplinary environment and she gets to learn about communal conservation in Namibia. She hopes to obtain additional skills and diversified knowledge in the field of conservation.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Milton Mushindi
Milton Mushindi has an Honours Degree in Animal science which he obtained in 2018 from the University of Namibia. He is from the Kunene region and is passionate about animals, travelling and exploring the beautiful Namibia and interacting with its diverse ethnic groups. During the Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme, he is keen on learning more about conservancies and working with rural communities in helping conserve wildlife.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Mighty Ugwanga
Mighty Ugwanga comes from Omusati region in north central Namibia. She came to Windhoek in 2011 to study Tourism Management at the University of Namibia, with the hope of satisfying her childhood hobby of travelling. As she got acquainted with the subject she realised that tourism was more complex than just travelling contributed to the economy and dealt with sustainability. As she joins the Donald Hammer Conservation Leadership Programme at NACSO, Mighty looks forward to learning more about the role of tourism in conservation. During the two-year internship, she would love to network and build strong relationships with leaders in the conservation programme, exchange knowledge on improving existing conservation practices in Namibia, and pass on what she has learnt to future generations.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Sigrid Nyambe
Sigrid Nyambe is a young and enthusiastic lady from the Zambezi region. She has an Honours Degree in Land Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional and Rural Development which she obtained from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She is passionate about rural development with a key focus on people centered development, which allows communities to be able to define their own development by utilizing resources within their conservancies in a sustainable manner. During the internship period, Sigrid is keen on learning about the role of community tourism in promoting rural development and looks forward to expanding her network and applying her theoretical knowledge practically.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Nestor Shefika
Nestor Shefika grew up in the southern part of Namibia but is originally from the north in Omusati Region. He studied Regional and Rural Development and completed his Honours Degree in 2017 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. He chose to study this course because he believes that Namibia is one of the few countries in Africa with abundant natural resources that can be conserved and utilised to reduce poverty. He is passionate about environmental protection and natural resources management as they are one of the key components to achieve the sustainable development goals. His dream is to become a vanguard to nature conservation and sustainable development in Namibia and inspire his peers to embrace the same principles. He sees the CLP programme as an excellent platform to integrate his academic skills with practical work and believes that it will help him enhance his knowledge.