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Strengthening Blue Corridors and Building Pride to Combat Wildlife Crime


Titre : Strengthening Blue Corridors and Building Pride to Combat Wildlife Crime

Pays/Région : Namibie
Localisation : Along the NE Rivers – Zambezi and Chobe Rivers

Durée : 1 July 2019 – 1 August 2020

Component One : The transboundary rivers of KAZA are the lifeline of the region for both people and wildlife. They are also conduits for movement. Previous projects on fisheries management, implemented by the NNF and its partners, revealed the nature and extent of the shared fish resources. In Namibia, a decline in river fisheries over the last 3-5 years was concealed by the highly productive ephemeral Lake Liambezi that received inflow. The highly productive lake encouraged the commercialization of fishery in the region and opened trade routes into the copper belt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nationals of all three countries developed sophisticated business relationships. As the productivity of Lake Liambezi declined and the lake dried up, the paucity of fish in the rivers resulted in more destructive fishing methods to meet the demand and maintain business operations. This led to the collapse of river fisheries, heavily impacting the livelihoods of people and communities who have traditionally fished the rivers.
Objective One : To strengthen riverine communities, a critical line of defense against wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trafficking, we intend to (1) encourage the implementation of fish guards ; (2) build capacity among fish guards to manage their fishing resources ; (3) increase the contribution of fishery communities towards joint patrolling and law enforcement along transboundary rivers by training fish guards in law enforcement and anti-poaching operations and (4) work together with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET - responsible for wildlife crime), the Natural Resource Protection Unit of the Namibian Police (NAMPOL).

Component Two : Exchanging information, learning from other countries, and developing best practices can be an important factor contributing to sustainable development, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation. Namibia is well known for its conservation efforts that resulted in increasing wildlife numbers. However, it is also important to highlight the challenges the country is facing. At the same time, the rewards for illegal behavior are hard to counter using monetary means but the value of pride and dignity can overcome these challenges.
Objective Two : Building community pride for wildlife. Creating a documentary : The main objective of the documentary is to document Namibian conservation success stories by Namibians, about Namibians, and for a Namibian audience. The documentary will follow communities and custodians of the Namibian environment and look at success stories as well as actions taken to combat wildlife crime. This is about communicating stories to have an impact.

Financement : United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Namibia Nature Foundation

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