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.
Office Manager: Anna Shikongo
Anna Shikongo is a friendly, helpful, polite young lady, currently studying HIV & AIDS management at IUM. She loves working in the NACSO office and learning more about the CBNRM programme. She will be with the team until July. Watch this space!
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.
NRWG Community Liaison Officer: Hilma Angula
Hilma studied at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she earned a B.Tech degree in Nature Conservation after first studying the subject at Namibia’s Polytechnic (transfromed into Namibia University of Science Technology).
As a girl she travelled a lot with her father and learned to love the natural environment around her. When she first saw Sossusvlei she said “Wow, what a beautiful place,” and started to wonder what she could study that would bring her closer to nature. The Polytechnic course was very good, according to Hilma, and study tours opened up Namibia for her. She remembers seeing for the first time how magnificent the Kunene landscape is.
In between Poly and University, Hilma worked with Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia on the Africa Adaption Programme, assessing how communities can adapt to climate change.
She joined the NACSO Conservation Leadership Programme under the Natural Resource Working Group and is now a permanent staff member working as the NRWG Community Liaison Officer. She takes pride in her work and always delivers to the best of her ability.
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: Ronny Dempers
Ronnie is the director of the Namibia Development Trust (NDT), one of the NACSO member organisations.
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.
Communications: Steve Felton
Steve has a background in film making for development. Although he comes from Great Britain he has lived in Namibia since independence. He joined NACSO and WWF in 2011 and has written extensively about the CBNRM programme for the local press and international web sites. He provides communications support to the CBNRM team, which includes writing, photography, data systems, and some graphic design. He is also the communications focal point for KAZA, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Mekondjo Hitila
Mekondjo joins the NACSO team with a diploma in Regional and Rural Development from Namibia University of Science and Technology and will subsequently graduate with a Bachelor degree in the same field. He is currently working at the Namibia Development Trust, one of the NACSO member organisations, where he is assisting with improving the capacity of institutional development and delivery within the CBNRM Programme. He is confident in his abilities and educational background in performing exceptionally well within the CBNRM sector.
Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Annastasia Naiteta
Annastasia, a young Namibian lady, joins the CLP with a Degree in Regional and Rural Development from Namibia University of Science and Technology. As a child she loved everything involving nature and recalls attending the Cheetah Conservation programmes at primary school, this was the beginning of her love for conservation. She is currently working with the NACSO secretariat assisting with the coordination of the three working groups. She sees herself as a hardworking, diligent, determined and focused young lady, who could positively contribute to the CBNRM programme by practically applying her theoretical knowledge.