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  • Exchange 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.

  • Team 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.

  • Combatting 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.

  • Prosecutors, 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.

  • Wildlife 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.

  • Joint 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.

  • Joint 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.

  • Zambian 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.

  • Joint 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.

  • Prosecutors 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."