Elephants having a shower and bath in the desert.

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A lion chews on the corner of a canvas tent, while camp chairs sit in disarray behind him.
 

The plot thickens – Euphorbia bushes do not cause fairy circles

 

Following the recent revival of the theory that Euphorbia bushes cause fairy circles in the Namib Desert, a team of researchers revisit dead Euphorbia bushes after 40 years to show that this is not the case. Based on this and other evidence, they suggest that neither Euphorbias nor termites explain the phenomenon of fairy circles.
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A lion chews on the corner of a canvas tent, while camp chairs sit in disarray behind him.
 

Brandberg Lion Attack – a minor drama in a complex conservation landscape

 

When a desert-adapted lion attacks Helge Denker in his tent near Brandberg, it sets him thinking about the complex situation these lions find themselves in today. Lions are coming ever closer to human settlements after the recent drought followed by scattered rainfall that dispersed their few remaining prey. Communal conservancies bear the brunt of the resulting conflict, but is there a way to create real benefits from these lions? Managing the situation will be difficult, but today we have better knowledge and systems in place to handle it.
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A black rhino
 

Wildlife crime video collection

Pangolin Conservation Research
Conservation is not in Lockdown
Strengthening Collaborative Efforts Towards Anti-Poaching
The World's Most Trafficked
Addressing wildlife crime in Namibia
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An elephant breaking down a fence.
 

The Story Behind the Namibian Elephant Auction

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The recent proposal by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism to auction 170 elephants has been met with harsh criticism and many unsubstantiated accusations. This article provides the historical and current context required to understand this decision and calls for support to help Namibian farmers coexist with elephants in future.
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An overhead view of the Namibian desert showing dozens of fairy circles interspaced with Euphorbia bushes.
 

It's not too good to be true – Elephants are thriving in Namibia

Namibian Chamber of Environment

African savannah elephants are declining in many countries, but not in Namibia, where their numbers are increasing. This good news has been met with some scepticism and questions have been raised about how elephants are counted in the country. Here, the methods used for counting elephants using aerial surveys are described and the oddly controversial issues surrounding these counts are addressed.
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A leopard lying in a tree.
 

Counting Cats

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Leopards are extremely difficult to count, which makes conservation planning for this species challenging. The 2019 National Leopard Project used information from a variety of different sources throughout Namibia to estimate how many leopards there are and where they occur.
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Zebra at sunset.
 

Understanding and Conserving the Namibia-Botswana Zebra Migration

 

Results of a recent aerial survey in the Zambezi Region reveal that the migratory zebra population is doing well, and possibly extending their journey further north. This amazingly long migration covering Namibia and Botswana was only discovered in 2012 and researchers still have many unanswered questions.
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A group of Namibian children listen to their guide.
 

Children from Communal Conservancies learn how to become Young Defenders of their environment

Namibian Chamber of Environment

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. Tracking rhinos, elephants and other wildlife on-foot while learning about caring for their environment.
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Two vultures at a waterhole.
 

What you can do to help vulture research

Namibian Chamber of Environment

A new study on Lappet-faced Vultures in Namibia uses camera traps and sighting records from the public to show a high survival rate for a vulture population in the Namib-Naukluft.
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A Himba lady working in the bush.
 

Communal Conservancies Cry for Help to Survive Coronavirus Perfect Storm

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The coronavirus has created a perfect storm for communal conservancies in Namibia. Researchers reached out to people in five conservancies to find out what their greatest challenges were during the recent lockdown. Numerous stakeholders have since joined hands to help the conservancies weather the storm.
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A pride of lions relaxing at sunset.
 

Conserving lions in the heart of KAZA – The Kwando Carnivore Project

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The Zambezi Region is a critical landscape for conservation, but it is also a complex matrix of protected areas and community farmlands. People and lions thus frequently come into conflict here. The Kwando Carnivore Project is providing solutions for human-lion coexistence in collaboration with communal conservancies and other partners.
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Three Namibian game rangers standing facing the camera.
 

The Coronavirus and Namibian Conservation

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Conservation efforts in Namibia has carried on despite the coronavirus epidemic, but the conservation partners face a stern test in the coming months and years due to reduced income from international tourism. Here is what you can do to help.
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Two elephants spar with each-other.
 

The Battle for the Soul of Conservation - And what it means for Namibia

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Two groups of conservation scientists are doing battle over the soul of conservation. Should we manage wildlife based on our feelings about animals or the need for pragmatic solutions to real-world problems? Answering this question has ramifications for conservation practice globally and in Namibia.
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A conservancy game guard patrols on horseback.
 

Introducing Community Conservation Namibia.com

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Information about communal conservancies in Namibia is now more accessible than ever. Gail Thomson takes a brief tour of the new community conservation website to whet your appetite for exploring the site for yourself.
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An overhead view of the Namibian desert showing dozens of fairy circles interspaced with Euphorbia bushes.

Are Namibian Fairy Circles Euphorbia Tombstones?

Namibian Chamber of Environment

A new study brings to light a possible cause for Namibia's fairy circles – large succulent bushes called Euphorbias. These plants produce highly toxic milky white latex that inhibits the germination and growth of other plants, effects that last long after they are dead. The new theory explains many features of fairy circles and even predicted where previously unrecorded ones would be found. Large-scale die-offs of these plants could be linked to past climate change and is therefore a concern for the future.
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A running cheetah wearing a tracking collar.
 

Want to do fieldwork in the 21st century?

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Biologists at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research are adapting devices used in smart-watches and phones to find out more about cheetah behaviour and movements in Namibia.
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A Namibian black rhino.
 

Opinion



By Dr. Chris Brown

15th November 2019

Using Namibia's Wildlife to Drive a Green Economy

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The Namibian wildlife economy has grown due to conservation policies that devolve ownership rights of wildlife to the people living on the land. There nonetheless remains room for further growth in the sector that will benefit both people and wildlife.
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An overhead view of the Namibian desert showing dozens of fairy circles interspaced with Euphorbia bushes.

Spotty cats, solid data – Namibia's first national cheetah survey

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research of Berlin

The Namibian cheetah population is critical to the long-term survival of this species. This nation-wide survey based on thorough understanding of cheetah movement ecology is therefore a highly welcome development. A more accurate population estimate will be valuable for guiding future cheetah conservation efforts.
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Closeup view of a pangolin.
 

Namibian Pangolin Working Group: collaboration for conservation success and World Pangolin Day

Namibian Pangolin Working Group

Pangolins are severely threatened by the illegal trade for their scales and parts, yet their ecological needs are poorly understood. The Namibian Pangolin Working Group was established in early 2020 to coordinate and drive efforts to reduce illegal trade, rehabilitate and release individuals seized from poachers and traffickers, conduct priority conservation research, and create awareness of the pangolin's plight in Namibia.
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Five Namibian ladies display their stunningly crafted necklaces.
 

Friends will be friends – even in the midst of a pandemic

Omba Arts Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions on international travel has had a devastating impact on the arts and crafts market in Namibia. Omba Arts Trust, which has empowered Namibian women to hone their craft-making skills and marketed their products to tourists since 2004, experienced a 90% income cut. Yet Director Karin le Roux is determined to find ways to help the local artisans who have partnered with Omba over the years. Find out how you can help.
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The clearly stunted form of a dwarf giraffe - with an almost normal looking body, but very short legs.
 

Living From the Veld in Namibia

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Danene van der Westhuyzen's new book, From the Veld, showcases all-Namibian recipes for food obtained from nature. Danene and her family live off the land by hunting, gathering, milking and picking the ingredients needed for the delicious meals at home and at their two game lodges. We ask her more about life on the farm and the philosophy behind her new book and hunting in Namibia.
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The red rocks of the desert mountains of Namibia gleam under the rising sun.
 

An airborne Christmas present for anti-poaching teams

 

The period between and around Christmas day and New Year’s is a time of increased criminal activity, thus requiring a bigger anti-poaching effort to protect Namibia’s free-ranging black rhinos. Dr Conrad Brain, an experienced bush pilot and veterinarian, joined the joint anti-poaching efforts with a Cessna airplane to provide valuable aerial support. He provides insight into why aerial support is necessary and what flying at low altitude in the rocky desert of north-west Namibia is like.
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The clearly stunted form of a dwarf giraffe - with an almost normal looking body, but very short legs.
 

Dwarf giraffe - Seriously?!

Giraffe Conservation Fund

Researchers from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation recently recorded not one, but two dwarf giraffes! This is the first time the condition known as skeletal dysplasia has been found in giraffe. Using a technique called photogrammetry, the scientists measured the bone lengths of each giraffe (one in Namibia and one in Uganda), with interesting results.
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Namibian succulents.
 

Succulent Bio-Economy Project

NUST Biodiversity Research Centre

Researchers are investigating the agricultural production potential of succulent plants as part of a future Namibian bio-economy that will diversify farming activities and prepare for the effects of climate change.
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A western barred spitting cobra, also known as a Zebra Snake.
 

Snakes in the City – the Windhoek Experience

Snakes of Namibia

Human-snake encounters can be dangerous for both parties, unless one calls professional snake removers. Francois Theart, the founder of Snakes of Namibia, tells us that his work is about more than just removing snakes from residential areas in Windhoek – he wants to find out what is driving human-snake conflict in the city and how to reduce it in the long-term. He shares the results of the first study of snake removals in the city in collaboration with the NUST Biodiversity Research Centre.
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Map of the SCIONA project area.
 

Conserving the Skeleton Coast and Iona Trans-frontier Conservation Area

Namibia University of Science and Technology

Namibia and Angola have created a Trans-frontier Conservation Area linking the Skeleton Coast and Iona National Parks. A team from Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) are working with their Angolan counterparts to better understand this ecosystem and pave the way for future conservation initiatives that include local communities as key stakeholders.
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A large elephant approaches a man standing in front of a small wooden shack.
 

From Poacher’s Son to Conservation Leader – Defending Namibia’s Community Conservation Story

Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation

John Kasaona traces his own life story and the history of his people as it relates to conservation in Namibia. Given the success of these grassroots efforts, he expresses his frustration over those who criticise Namibian policies unfairly.
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A rain droplet hanging from a tree is illumnated by the moon.
 

Science be Damned?

 

In light of the conspiracy theories swirling around the COVID-19 pandemic, Helge Denker asks why science - from zoonotic diseases to conservation research, amongst others - is often doubted while hoaxes are so easily believed. Are we victims of the Dunning-Kruger effect, treating correlation as causation, or just biased for one reason or another?
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A newly released pangolin walks off into the sunset.
 

From Facing Certain Death to Contributing to Science – A Pangolin's Tale

Namibian Pangolin Working Group

A female pangolin was confiscated from wildlife traffickers by the Blue Rhino Task Team following a tip-off from the US Embassy in Namibia. She has now become the first satellite-tracked pangolin in Namibia. Kelsey Prediger of the Namibian Pangolin Working Group tells us her story and what it means for pangolin research and conservation.
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Namibian rangeland.
 

Managing Namibian Rangelands in the Face of Uncertainty

Agri-Ecological Services

Namibia's dry climate with highly variable rainfall makes farming and land management a complicated business that can lead to rangeland degradation. Dr Cornelis van der Waal delivers up-to-date information based on remote sensing data for farmers, conservation managers and conservancies. This information aids adaptive management and our ability to respond to climate change.
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A group of cattle, and an elephant share a waterhole while a lone herder looks on.
 

Key Questions for Human-Elephant Conflict Research

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Reducing human-elephant conflict is a critical challenge in Namibia, where elephant populations are expanding into farming areas. More research is needed to understand the effectiveness of lethal control and how it fits in with non-lethal methods. Three questions are posed to stimulate research into this challenging topic that will assist long-term elephant management.
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A huge mountain of plastic fills this local tip.
 

Is the plastic bag levy reducing single-use plastic waste in Namibia?

Gobabeb-Namib Research Institute

Little is known about the effectiveness of or public support for the plastic bag levy in Namibia. The Gobabeb - Namib Research Institute asked questions and made observations in five towns regarding plastic bag use and attitudes towards the levy. Much is still to be done to educate the public on the problem of plastic and promote viable alternatives.
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A cartoon depicting an elephant and a terrified villager balancing on a seesaw.
 

The Great Elephant Balancing Act

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Recent research on elephants emphasise the importance of male elephants in their society. This research is used as a club to batter countries in southern Africa into changing their elephant management policies. This article reviews the scientific evidence and calls for a balanced approach that considers both humans and elephants.
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An infographic showing human impact on nature, and its importance to us.
 

Placing Namibia in a Global Context

 

Several global reports on wildlife conservation have a bearing on Namibia and the broader southern African region. Siphiwe Lutibezi takes a look at the Living Planet Report and other recent global reports and applies some of the lessons learned to the Namibian situation.
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A team of reseachers capturing a giraffe.
 

Namibia's Biodiversity Research Centre - Using Applied Research to Support Conservation Decision-making

Namibia University of Science and Technology

Prof. Morgan Hauptfleisch tells us about the NUST Biodiversity Research Centre that produces quality trans-disciplinary research to support data-driven decision-making for wildlife management and conservation through their postgraduate research programme.
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Namibian rangeland.
 

The Namib Desert's hairy-footed ecological engineers

Namibia University of Science and Technology

The hairy-footed gerbil may be small, but this new research confirms that it is an important ecological engineer in the Namib Desert ecosystem. Halle Shaanika spent five intense months in the desert to explore the ecological role of these diminutive rodents. He further considers the importance of gerbils for the survival of much larger herbivores in a harsh, hyper-arid environment.
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A woman sorts seeds on a mesh screen.
 

The state of Community Conservation in Namibia

Community Conservation Namibia

A summary of the State of Conservancies 2017 report.
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A close-up of a black rhino.
 

Conservation Partnerships to Combat Wildlife Crime in Namibia

Namibian Partnerships Against Crime

 
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A group of zebra browsing alongside a herd of cows.
 

Keep Namibia's Wildlife on the Land

NACSO Natural Resources Working Group

 
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The spreading branches of an Impalila tree in a green natural forest.
 

Namibian Community Forests

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What are community forests and how do they work? How do they fit in with Namibia's community conservation programme? What plant resources are conserved by community forests in Namibia?
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A black rhino in Etosha national park
 

The Game Products Trust Fund

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The Game Products Trust Fund in Namibia was established as a means of channeling income from sustainable use of wildlife back into wildlife conservation. This factsheet outlines how the Fund is managed and how the money is spent.
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The remains of a cow killed by a predator hand in a tree.
 

Human-Wildlife Conflict Self-Reliance Scheme

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What is the Human-wildlife conflict self-reliance scheme? How does it work and how does it fit in with the overall policy to reduce human-wildlife conflict in Namibia?
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A tourist points the lens of a large camera towards a nearby elephant.
 

Responsible Photographic Tourism

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Visitors to Namibia are encouraged to practice responsible tourism, economically, socially and environmentally. Support the tour operators and lodges in Namibia who are committed to responsible tourism.
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Three Community Game Guards smile at the camera.
 

Community Game Guards

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What are Community Game Guards and how do they help to protect wildlife?
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A Community game guard enters data into his event book.
 

The Event Book System and Database

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The Event Book system helps individual conservancies keep track of wildlife-related incidents within their areas and contributes to a national database of information on wildlife in communal conservancies.
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A hunter, his guide, and a dog, stare into the distance looking for wildlife.
 

Conservation Hunting

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What is conservation hunting in Namibia? How does hunting contribute socio-economically to the country? Namibian professional hunters, the government and other stakeholders promote ethical conservation hunting practices.
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A community fisheries inspector records details of the catch as a group of fishmen unload their boat.
 

Community Fisheries Reserves

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What is a community fisheries reserve and how do they protect freshwater fish stocks in the Zambezi Region? How are they established and how do they fit in with Namibia's Communal Conservancies programme?
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A group of conservancy members outside their office.
 

Communal Conservancies

Namibian Chamber of Environment

What are Communal Conservancies and how do they contribute to local economies and wildlife conservation in Namibia?
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A close-up view of a Pangolin.
 

What is being done to fight wildlife crime in Namibia?

 

Namibia’s response to increasing wildlife crime is bearing fruit, particularly since the inception of the Blue Rhino Task Team. Helge Denker shares key statistics and initiatives that reveal how Blue Rhino are tackling poaching of rhinos, elephants and pangolins.
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A group of people sitting on a circle of chairs in the desert - a meeting with a view!
 

Wildlife Credits

 

Wildlife Credits is a new way of rewarding rural communities for conserving their wildlife by making direct payments to conservancies based on measurable conservation performance. Each scheme adapted to local circumstances and supported by partners in tourism and conservation.
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A decaying house being taken over by the desert.
 

Unlocking the treasure box

 

The Tsau //Khaeb National Park (Sperregebiet) is about to open to the public after a century of highly restricted access due to diamond mining. Antje Burke introduces us to the diverse landscapes, geology, biodiversity and historical sites awaiting future visitors to this unique part of Namibia.
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The main entrance of the centre.
 

Swakopmund gets a brand new Education for Sustainable Development centre

Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) interview with Panduleni Haindongo

Panduleni Haindongo of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) talks to us about their new education centre that shows schoolchildren, teachers and the general public how they can lead more sustainable lifestyles, particularly in urban environments.
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A spotted hyaena sitting down and looking relaxed.
 

Hyaena research and conservation efforts at the Ongava Research Centre

Ongava Research Centre (ORC)

Hyaena researchers from across Africa converged on the Ongava Research Centre for a three-day workshop as part of the Hyaena Distribution Mapping Project. They created up-to-date range maps for all four African hyaena species and shared their latest research findings.
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A close-up of a black rhino in profile.
 

Signs of success

 

Illegal wildlife crime is a huge threat to African wildlife. Conservation and law enforcement institutions across five countries, including Namibia, are working together to stop poaching, improve investigation procedures and strengthen legal prosecution against wildlife criminals.
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A cheetah standing in a tree.
 

The N/a´an ku sê Rapid Response Unit

N/a´an ku sê

Farmers and carnivores frequently come into conflict on Namibian farmlands. N/a´an ku sê has developed a Rapid Response Unit to help farmers who experience livestock or game losses by capturing suspected problem animals and tracking their movements using GPS collars.
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An aerial view of African communal farmlands.
 

On the Edge of Namibian Enquiry

Ongava Research Centre

Scientific research is driven by curiosity and our need to find solutions to pressing problems. John Mendelsohn, director of Ongava Research Centre, shares some burning research questions to inspire Namibian scientists on their quest for knowledge to guide management actions.
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A close up view of green succulent plants in a cleft of rock.
 

Nowhere else on Earth

 

The Sperrgebiet (forbidden zone) hosts an incredible diversity of plant life, including many rare and endemic species. These plants must be protected, especially as new tourism infrastructure is built prior to the opening of Tsau //Khaeb National Park.
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A group of people sitting on a circle of chairs in the desert - a meeting with a view!
 

Leaving More than Just Dust

Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO)

The Conservation Contribution programme run by Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO) focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflict and supporting community game guards in the Kunene and Erongo Regions.
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Two giraffe walk through the red rocks of the Namibian desert.
 

Namibia at the forefront of Giraffe Conservation

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Giraffes are amongst the most iconic African animals, yet they are surprisingly under-studied. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation started the first long-term, detailed study of the species in north-western Namibia that revealed fascinating information about their movements, social life and conservation needs.
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Garth Owen-Smith.
 

Tribute to Garth

 

Pioneering Namibian conservationist Garth Owen-Smith passed away in early 2020. As co-founder of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), he played a key role in establishing the communal conservancy programme. Colleagues Brian Jones and Chris Weaver pay him this tribute.
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A line of schoolchildren walk past a group of ostriches.
 

Environmental education in action

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Many schoolchildren around Windhoek, Namibia have never had the opportunity to see and learn about wild animals and their habitat. Giraffe Conservation Foundation is changing that through their Khomas Environmental Education Programme that introduces 2,500 children to nature every year by visiting the Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.
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A lone spotted hyaena standing on rocky ground.
 

Easing the Enmity

N/a´an ku sê

Namibian farmers and spotted hyaenas come into conflict due to livestock losses. N/a´an ku sê has tested several practical fencing solutions in southern Namibia to protect livestock from hyaenas on communal and freehold land during the day and at night.
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Three luxury chalets overlooking a wide river.
 

Conservationtourism.com.na

 

Namibian communal conservancies rely on tourists visiting lodges and campsites located in their areas. The Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO) has re-designed a website aimed at marketing tourism in conservancies to attract new visitors.
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A buffalo gazes out from among thick reeds.
 

Rewarding sustainable conservation hunting in Namibia

Namibia Professional Hunting Association

Conservation hunting is most sustainable when old animals that have already contributed to the gene pool are hunted. The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) introduces their Age-Related Trophy Measuring System to reward hunters for taking old animals.
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Close up of two pairs of hands as they plant a sapling.
 

Paving the way for carbon-neutral travel in Namibia

Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO)

Tourism contributes to the economy and nature conservation in Namibia. Yet tourism flights and road travel are responsible for high carbon emissions. Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO) and Eloolo have teamed up to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint by planting trees.
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Two Hartmanns mountain zebra.
 

Using Stripe Patterns to Monitor Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra in Namibia

 

The Mountain Zebra Project uses camera traps to take photographs of zebras that can be individually identified using their stripe patterns. This long-term project provides ecological insights to inform conservation actions for these desert-dwelling zebras.
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Informal settlement from the air.
 

Can Urbanisation Help Namibia Adapt to Climate Change?

Development Workshop Namibia

Namibia is urbanising rapidly, but most towns are not prepared for rapid expansion. This leads to expanding informal settlements that have negative social and environmental impacts. Urbanisation can be a good thing for Namibia, but we must do more to accommodate those seeking a better life.
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Time to Grow educational booklet.
 

It’s Time To Grow

Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust

The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust’s It’s Time to Grow booklets teach children about sustainable development. They are working with Namibian teachers to translate these materials into their mother tongues and make the most out of these booklets.
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Screen capture of EIS website.
 

Namibia’s Environmental Information Service

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The EIS is Namibia’s one-stop-shop for environmental information. Established 15 years ago, this online platform has expanded to include a citizen science Atlasing feature, a scientific journal and an extensive library of environmental information.
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A game guard on his SunCycle.
 

SunCycles Namibia

EBikes4Africa

Conservancy game guards have to cover large areas to fulfil their responsibilities of monitoring wildlife and prevent poaching. SunCycles Namibia has provided solar-powered e-bikes that make travelling through thick sand or over long distances much easier.
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A dazzle of zebra running.
 

A Record-Breaking Journey

Worldwide Fund for Nature in Namibia

Researchers in Namibia and Botswana investigating the ‘mystery of the disappearing zebra’ stumbled upon the world’s longest zebra migration. Why the zebra travel so far remains a mystery, yet emphasises the need for trans-boundary conservation efforts.
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Two black rhinos.
 

How Namibia is Outsmarting Criminals

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Namibia is turning the tables on wildlife poachers who are trying to steal our natural heritage. A new collaborative team called Blue Rhino has achieved enormous success since its establishment in 2018. Their intelligence-based strategy that includes Namibian citizens has poachers on the run.
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Open cast mine in Namibia.
 

Mining and the Environment

Namibian Chamber of Environment

The Chamber of Mines and the Namibian Chamber of Environment have joined forces to create environmental Best Practice Guidelines for the mining sector. They have further established a funding mechanism for sustainable development projects benefitting people and the environment.
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Brown hyaena family.
 

Gaining Insights into the Secret Lives of Wild Animals

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Attaching tracking devices to wild animals may seem a bit intrusive, but the information we gain from this technology is worth it. Researchers using these devices on a wide variety of species in Namibia and neighbouring countries came together to share their insights and experiences.
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A fishing guard on patrol.
 

Inland Fisheries Reserves

Namibia Nature Foundation

The Namibian Nature Foundation is working with conservancies in the Zambezi Region to establish Fisheries Reserves under new supportive legislation by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
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A livestock guarding dog.
 

The Year of the CCF Livestock Guarding Dog

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Conflict between livestock farmers and carnivores poses a key threat to cheetahs in Namibia. The Cheetah Conservation Fund celebrates 25 years of breeding livestock guarding dogs for local farmers to reduce their losses to cheetahs and other carnivores.
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A veterinary team work with an unconscious elephant.
 

What Do You Do When the Elephants Arrive?

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Rural farmers often struggle to live with elephants in Namibia’s north-western Kunene Region. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has stepped in to assist them by providing more information on elephant movements and developing ways to prevent further conflict.
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Teachers workshop in rural Namibia.
 

Teaching Namibia’s Far-Flung Teachers

EduVentures Trust

EduLink is taking the latest innovations in environmental education to teachers living in Namibia’s remote rural areas. Their mobile classroom has brought teachers from far-flung locations together to sharpen their teaching skills.
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A large flock of Cape Cormorants.
 

Angolan Island Paradise for Cape Cormorants

 

An island off the coast of Angola supports surprising numbers of Cape Cormorants, with a six-fold population increase in just 12 years. This Endangered species is declining elsewhere, so this island offers hope for the future, provided fish-stocks are adequately protected.
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A pair of blind cave catfish.
 

Swimming blind

Namibia Nature Foundation

A tiny population of a unique, completely blind catfish species occurs in only one underwater cave near Otavi in Namibia. A research team is finding out more about this fish and its cave ecosystem to ensure its future survival.
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A leopard.
 

Are Namibia's Carnivores at Risk?

Namibian Chamber of Environment

Carnivore conservation scientists in Namibia have collaborated to produce a Red Data Book for the country. Their assessments will help identify which carnivores are most threatened in Namibia and what we can do to conserve them, from black-footed cats to lions.
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Thick Acacia bush in central Namibia.
 

Beating Back the Bush

Namibian Chamber of Environment

A number of recent scientific studies published in the Namibian Journal of Environment tackle the thorny topic of bush encroachment. Scientists are divided over how to tackle the problem. Dive into the debate here.
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