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2015

Support to the establishment and maintenance of sustainable financing schemes for communal conservancies in southern Kunene and Erongo regions, Namibia

Namibie

Titre : Support to the establishment and maintenance of sustainable financing schemes for communal conservancies in southern Kunene and Erongo regions, Namibia

Pays/Région : Namibie
Localisation : Field-based, southern Kunene and Erongo regions. Coordinated from regional NNF office in Walvis Bay, Erongo

Date : 2015

Objectifs
This project builds on the support that NNF has provided to conservancies in Kunene south and Erongo by helping to identify and establish such payment schemes. The payment schemes and associated actions are : * Focused on creating awareness around HWC in conservancies for tourists visiting lodge * Setting up a transparent and effective payment mechanism that will allow tourists and lodge operators to make a voluntary donation towards the mitigation of damage caused by wild animals such as elephant* ‘ring-fencing’ these funds to be used exclusively for HWC compensation or other mitigation measures such as HWC research and helping to ensure that the mitigation measures are identified in a participatory manner, making sure to take the needs of local farmers into account * Sourcing match-funding for donations so that the amount for compensation is doubled or more by the time it reaches affected farmers

This is an ongoing project and is linked closely with other initiatives both in the conservancies in which we work but also on a national level.

Présentation
Tourism ventures contribute to livelihoods in the region where they operate in multiple ways, including direct contractual cash payments to conservancies, salaries for employees, staff training, and related benefits such as payments of cash and in-kind contributions (equipment, donated services, etc.) to village development committees, local schools, etc. On the other hand, many species (elephant, lion, leopard and hyena) create major problems for local residents, by killing livestock, damaging infrastructure and attacking people. While there is generally a net benefit in terms of the overall benefits generated by these species, individual farmers and community members bear a disproportionate share of the costs associated with HWC. Further, the benefits that are generated are not clearly linked to the presence of those species causing the problems. It is obvious that whilst CBNRM has been generating significant and extremely impressive benefits through tourism and other activities, the average community member simply is not seeing the connection between the presence of these problem-causing species and a successful tourism operation. It is critical that species-focused payment mechanisms be established so that these, often rare and endangered species can begin to acquire a tangible tourism value.

Partenaires  : WWF, NACSO

Financement : Funding for this grant is provided by WWF Netherlands through the WWF Namibia office

Namibia Nature Foundation

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