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Combating wildlife crime in Erongo and Southern Kunene regions of Namibia


Titre : Combating wildlife crime in Erongo and Southern Kunene regions of Namibia

Pays/Région : Namibia
Localisation : Field-based, southern Kunene and Erongo regions.

Date : 2017

Rhino poaching in the South Kunene and Erongo regions of Namibia, home to the only truly wild Black Rhino population outside of protected areas in the world, has increased over the years.

This project provides support to community game guards working in communal conservancies in terms of anti-poaching and wildlife crime mitigation efforts. This support is closely coordinated with ongoing anti-poaching and law enforcement efforts as well as new support mechanisms that have commenced in 2017/18. In this respect, project staff play a facilitating and coordinating role between target communities, the natural resource working group (NRWG), other NGOs, and MET working in the target area. Additionally, the project advances iconic species conservation with a focus on rhino conservation and monitoring. Through the development of diversified tourism activities around rhino tracking, payment schemes for elephant sightings, and exploration of associated payments for ecosystem services in this unique landscape. At the community level, the promotion of active reporting of suspicious activities and development and pursuit of the appreciative inquiry concept with conservancies will raise awareness of wildlife and ecosystem values. This process will ultimately enhance community pride and resilience.

Project outcomes will be in line with the Namibian Government’s newly developed ‘National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Crime’. The NNF will pilot an open innovation approach, and the experience of dealing with poaching against a background of high inequality and rising deprivation will be widely documented and made available to organizations in other countries through various CBNRM fora.

Partenaires  : WWF, NACSO, IRDNC, SRT, MET

Financement : United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the WWF Namibia

Namibia Nature Foundation

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