Putting people at heart: Namibian conservancies awarded
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CTA. 1999. Putting people at heart: Namibian conservancies awarded. Spore 79. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Unlike the usual game reserves and national parks, Namibian conservancies allow residents to continue economic activities such as livestock and cattle farming and they are allowed to add wildlife use and tourism to their daily pursuits. Kathryn...
Unlike the usual game reserves and national parks, Namibian conservancies allow residents to continue economic activities such as livestock and cattle farming and they are allowed to add wildlife use and tourism to their daily pursuits. Kathryn Fuller, president of the United States section of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) , presented President Nujoma a 'Gift to the Earth' certificate for Namibia's conservancies scheme. Previous awards have essentially related to the protection of ecosystems and animals and efforts to combat global warming. Namibia is the first country to receive the award for a programme which has people at its heart. Namibia's Conservancy Programme opens the way for communal area farmers to manage, protect and benefit from wildlife and other natural resources. President Nujoma recently presented four new communally-run conservancies with certificates of registration. These areas together cover around 1.7 million hectares. The Nyae-Nyae, Salambala, Torra and Khoadi Hoas conservancies are home to many elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, and sable and roan antelopes as well as 15,000 local people. Another 16 conservancies are in development. According to environment Minister Philemon Malima, over the past year more than N$1 million (approximately euros 180,000) has flowed directly to community members in the conservancies. In addition, the scheme allows for local communities to decide for themselves in which ways money raised by activities such as game hunting and ecotourism is to be used. (The Namibian, WWF ? address p. 7) Further reading: Livestock development policies in Eastern and Southern Africa. Proceedings of a seminar organised by CTA, OAU/IBAR and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Swaziland, Mbabane, Swaziland, 28 July - 1 August 1997. CTA, 1998, 397 pp. ISBN 92 9081 1862. Available from CTA, CTA no. 889, 40 credit points