A group of over 50 community leaders, many of whom are from Namibia, wrote an Open Letter to UK-based celebrities that are intent on banning the imports of hunting trophies to their country. This is a visually engaging version of that letter.
Watering the Tree: A Namibian COVID-19 Story
Omba Arts trust helps San artisans from a remote part of Namibia to bring their beautiful arts and crafts to the international market. They support over 400 artisans, and have stepped in to assist these communities during COVID-19 by establishing the C19 support fund.
Dream of Namibia...
Most of Namibia's wildlife lives outside the National Parks, and these special places are waiting to be discovered when travel is allowed once more.
Asser Ndjitezeua, Chairperson of #Khoadi-//Hoas Conservancy
Asser, the Chairperson of ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy explains what Namibian communal conservancies are and how they help people and wildlife coexist.
Community Voices on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Brisetha Hendricks, from Ûibasen Twyfelfontein speaks about illegal wildlife trade in the context of Namibia’s community conservation programme.
The Event Book system is a key part of how communal conservancies monitor and manage their wildlife. Conservancy game guards explain how they use Event Books in their daily patrols.
CITES 2019 Namibia Voices
Representatives from four of Namibia’s communal conservancies speak about how decisions by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) could affect Namibian rural communities.
People and wildlife share the same space in communal conservancies, but this can lead to conflict. The human-wildlife conflict self-reliance scheme was developed to help mitigate these problems.
Pride of Namibia
The community conservation programme in Namibia is an unrivalled success story. Some of the key people who were involved from the beginning explain how things have changed for the better and will continue improving.
How poachers became caretakers
John Kasaona gives a TED talk about his life story and how local perceptions of conservation have changed since he was a young boy. His father was a poacher, yet John is now a leader in Namibian conservation.
The Cycling Game-Ranger
Martin has been a game guard for Salambala Conservancy since 1997. He uses a bicycle to patrol the area and serve his community. He describes how he and his family have been affected by the conservancy.
Pangolin Conservation Research
Kelsey Prediger is studying the movements of pangolins on the Okonjima Nature Reserve as part of her studies under the NUST Biodiversity Research Centre.
Conservation is not in Lockdown
Save the Rhino Trust's rangers and the conservancy rhino rangers in north-western Namibia remained hard at work while the rest of the nation was on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Strengthening Collaborative Efforts Towards Anti-Poaching
In response to the first rhino poaching incident in the north-western communal conservancies in over 2.5 years, the heads of non-governmental organisations meet to discuss the way forward.
The World's Most Trafficked
Kelsey Prediger of AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima Nature Reserve to discuss the plight of this special yet vulnerable species. Includes some great footage of a pangolin and her baby foraging peacefully in the wild.
Addressing wildlife crime in Namibia
Namibia takes wildlife crime extremely seriously because of its environmental, social and economic impacts. Communities are working with the government and civil society to address this serious issue.
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Youth in Conservation
The Young Defenders
Children from two communal conservancies were treated to a free four-day course in conservation and Leave No Trace, made possible through by the Conservation Travel Foundation and Namibian Chamber of Environment. Here are the highlights of that fantastic experience.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation Presents Learning with KEEP: Ecosystems
In the second episode of this series our KEEP team share what an Ecosystem is and why it is important.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation Presents Learning with KEEP: World Giraffe Day
In the third episode of this series our KEEP team talk about giraffe and World Giraffe Day held on 21 June. Learn some ways you can #StandTallForGiraffe together with GCF.
The Namibian Rhino Pride campaign mobilises and sensitises young people about environmental issues. In 2018, this included a clean-up campaign along a major tourism route through Namibian communal conservancies.
One of Namibia’s bright young conservationists, Hilma Angula, speaks about her experience in conservation and scholarship for a Masters in Conservation Leadership.
Maxi Louis is a conservation leader in Namibia; she reflects on her career and Namibia’s community conservation programme. Maxi is a role model for the next generation of Namibian conservationists.
Young voices at Vic Falls
A group of young African conservation leaders chat about their work and how young people can play an important role in the future of conservation.
The Last Defenders
The Last Defenders Trailer
The Last Defenders is a conservation docu-series that follows the work and highlights the successes of individuals and organisations dedicated to the preservation of the world’s endangered and at risk species and landscapes.
Episode 1: Simson Uri-Khob
Save the Rhino Trust Namibia is on the front lines of our defence against rhino poaching in Namibia's remote north-west. Their CEO, Simson Uri-Khob, is a true defender of one of the world's most threatened animals, the desert-adapted black rhino.
Episode 3: Salvation Matengu Ntelamo
Salvation works for the Namibia Nature Foundation to establish community fisheries reserves in the Zambezi Region of Namibia. She discusses how these reserves are welcomed by the communities to ensure that this resource is used sustainably to support local livelihoods.
Namibia is waiting for you
Namibia is still waiting for you to plan your trip to see this beautiful country once we can all travel safely again.
Namibia's rhino pride campaign
Namibia is a stronghold for black rhinos and hosts the last truly free-ranging population of this species. This would not be possible without the widespread support for rhino conservation showcased in the annual Rhino Pride campaigns.
Celebrating World Rhino Day 2019
Namibia celebrated World Rhino Day in the north-western town of Khorixas to raise awareness about rhino poaching and celebrate two years of zero rhino poaching in the Kunene communal conservancies.
Strides towards the opening of the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has developed some infrastructure that will enable tourists to visit this new National Park in the near future.