Interviews

2019

Maxi Louis, NACSO and Liz Curtis, Distell on 99fm: Amarula is joining forces with Wildlife Credits
12 February 2019

Amarula is joining forces with Wildlife Credits, an innovative conservation initiative that rewards communities who are actively protecting and conserving wildlife and its habitat. This is cutting edge conservation, where funding is paid directly to communities for measurable conservation results. The ground-breaking partnership is being launched between Amarula, Wildlife Credits and members of the Sobbe Conservancy in Namibia's Zambezi Region who have been proactively protecting a wildlife corridor that is critical to elephant movements between Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Zambia.

This is the community's choice, one that doesn't come lightly considering what hardships elephants can bring to rural farming communities, but one that will help to ensure the protection of elephants now and for generations to come.

» Listen to the interview here

2017

Maxi Louis on 99fm: Supporting the Communities to Protect Namibian Wildlife
21 February 2017

The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO), is the support body for Namibia’s internationally acclaimed approach to conservation; the communal conservancy program.

“Poaching is putting severe strain on our resources. We now have to find other resources to fight poaching. It is one of out biggest challenges at the moment. You ask how we are addressing it, and we believe that our biggest weapon is the people themselves. People live with wildlife and a lot of our wildlife is in communal areas.” 

In this episode of the MYD Earth Show, we speak to one of the directors of NASCO, Maxi Louis, about Namibia’s communal conservancy programs and the real beneficiaries of these programs.

“We forget that one of the biggest threats we have at the moment is habitat loss and human encroachment on habitat. These are challenges we face, not only in Namibia but all over the world.”

In this MYD Earth podcast we find out:

  • About the 82 conservancies in Namibia and how they have been set up
  • How in communal areas things need to integrated to succeed
  • The process of how quotas are allocated and who benefits from hunting quotas
  • The buy in of the community to protecting our wildlife

From: http://99fm.com.na/supporting-communities-protect-namibian-wildlife

Take a listen to the MYD Earth Show with Maxi Louis the Director at NACSO: