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.
Executive Assistant: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Matthew Walters
Matthew Walters (22) joined the CLP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology and he graduated in April 2017 for his Bachelor of Natural Resource Management Honours. He is currently doing his Masters in the same course at NUST. Matthew was born in Oranjemund, and can speak both English and Afrikaans. Ever since he was a young boy, he has always been passionate about the vast wilderness and the diversity of wildlife that characterises Namibia. Subsequently, he decided to study Nature Conservation in order to further his understanding of the ecological and managerial aspects surrounding Namibia’s environment. He has additionally worked in Etosha National Park as part of NUST’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and he also successfully completed a research project in both his WIL and in his Honour’s Degree. His hope is that during the course of the programme he will prove himself as a valuable asset and that it will enable him to perform exceptionally towards conservation in the future through the acquiring of the knowledge and expertise provided by the CLP.
Donald Hamer Conservation Leadership Programme Intern: Herman Aindongo
Herman Aindongo comes from Omusati region in northern Namibia. He studied Natural Resources Management and Nature Conservation at NUST and obtained a bachelor degree in this discipline in 2015. He continued to the honours level, which he did part-time while doing a part-time job with Dr David Joubert and the SASSCAL project and has completed his last two subjects in the first semester, 2017. Herman is genuinely passionate about nature and the people ever since childhood, especially the vast, untouched Namibian landscapes. It is his ambition to make use of the CLP programme as a platform to enhance his knowledge and skill capacity in the CBNRM realm and hopefully become one of the humble leaders in the success of conservation of Namibian natural resources and upliftment of the rural Namibian people.
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 Leardeship 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 its a multidisciplinary environment and she gets to learn about communal conservation in Namibia. She hopes to get additional skills and diversified knowledge in the field of conservation.