NACSO connects the communities and organisations that manage and conserve Namibia’s natural resources
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4 September 2019Exchange visit
The CBNRM programme in Namibia has a proud conservation record. It was developed and is run by rural communities living in communal areas, with assistance from the MET (Ministry of Environment and Tourism), NACSO (Namibia Association of CBNRM Support Organisations) and partner organisations.
Every year, NACSO plays host to visitors from other countries’ governmental and non-governmental organisations that come to learn about the CBNRM (Community Based Natural Resources Management) programme in Namibia. The visits are an advantage to both parties, because Namibia also learns about conservation practices in other parts of the world. Over the past few years, NACSO has hosted visitors from Mozambique, Nepal, Uganda and Tanzania.
Early in March 2019, NACSO hosted a group of government officials from Nepal, who came to share CBNRM experiences and specifically to understand the approach adopted by Namibia to encourage community-based tourism.
18 April 2019Team work between partners combatting wildllife crime
The lion rangers found fresh footprints and followed them slowly and cautiously. Noises ahead alerted them to the fact that not all was well. Then they moved forward vigilantly from bush to bush in the sparse semi-desert landscape, searching intently ahead. Their sharp eyes soon picked out a group of three young men with thirteen dogs over the lifeless form of a freshly killed kudu calf.
3 April 2019Combatting wildlife crime in Zambezi Region – Namibia
Wildlife crime is at the top of the international conservation agenda. In Namibia, a total of 86 communal conservancies manage wildlife outside of 12 national parks and rural Namibians earn income from tourism, related to high value species such as elephants and rhinos.
23 February 2019Prosecutors, magistrates and judges meet to combat wildlife crime
Twenty two participants attended a regional judiciary and prosecutor workshop in Windhoek, Namibia, last week as part of the USAID-funded Combatting Wildlife Crime Project in north western Namibia and the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area: KAZA.
11 February 2019Wildlife Police use SMART technology to track poachers
Two elephant tusks, each cut in half: 22.8 kilograms of ivory, led to the arrest of two suspects in the western Zambian town of Senanga late in 2018. The team of Wildlife Police Officers who took part in the operation were pleased with the day’s work.
20 December 2018Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies
It was the tourist who spotted them first. “Lions,” cried Hendrik Hiller. Guide Dereck Mwilima hit the brakes and then reversed. Sure enough, there were four lions lying almost hidden in the tall, yellow grass in Nkasa Rupara National Park.
18 December 2018Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies
"The boat is easy, I learnt it in an hour," says Benito. We are on a cruise up the Chobe River looking for hippos – we have already seen the elephants just across the river from Serondela lodge where Benito is a tour guide.
14 December 2018Zambian Induna leads awareness about wildlife crime
"I began poaching in 1968," says Paul Sipangule. Born in 1953 in western Zambia in a small village called Simfumwe, Sipangule is now an Induna – local chief – and a strong supporter of conservation and an opponent of wildlife crime.
3 December 2018Joint Venture lodges bring jobs to conservancies
The elephants were gathering to drink from the Chobe River across from Serondela Lodge. Guests on the terrace were enjoying the view after breakfast while a flock of redbilled quelea settled in a flurry on a nearby bush.
3 December 2018Prosecutors and magistrates improve skills to combat wildlife crime in Namibia
Namibia’s population of free-roaming black rhino is the world’s largest, but there are no rhinos in the north-east Zambezi Region. The last were killed for their horns in the late 1980s. A Namibian public prosecutor from Zambezi’s regional capital, Katima Mulilo, says she once asked a poacher if her had ever seen a Northern White Rhino. "No," he replied. "Well you never will," Prosecutor Khama said. "The last one just died. It is extinct. And it is your fault: the poachers."