Sharwimbo’s Gift: From Dishwasher to Camp Guardian – A Story of growth and perseverance
Meet Gift, a dedicated general worker at Sharwimbo Camp. His name truly reflects the invaluable contribution he has made to this tranquil haven nestled between Kongola and Susiwe, just a few kilometres from the pristine beauty of the Kwando River that divides Namibia and Botswana. Gift's journey at Sharwimbo began as a dishwasher, but over the past decade, he has evolved into much more than that.
In the heart of the Zambezi landscape, game rangers, ministry officials, law enforcement, and support NGOs working within the community based natural resource management (CBNRM) sector came together with a shared passion to protect the wildlife that calls the region calls home. Game counts are an annual activity that started in 1999, is one of many activities that support wildlife monitoring and adaptive management within conservancies.
The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO) took part in this year’s Tourism Expo as part of a joint exhibition with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Tourism Supporting Conservation, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation, and The Namibian Wetlands Route.
The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO) recently attended a 3-day, first-of-its-kind, National Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Conference held by the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) aimed at reviewing the progress, challenges and imploring opportunities that can mitigate the scourge of HWC in communal and freehold land across Namibia and the Kavango Zambezi Transfontier Conservation Area (KAZA).