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2009

Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Namibia

Namibie

Titre : Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Namibia

Pays /Région : Namibie

Code projet : MDGF-1799-G-NAM Sustainable Cu

Durée : Original start date :19 February 2009 Final end date : 19 February 2012

Présentation
The Joint Programme (JP) has provided the vehicle and policy options to enable the government to improve the living conditions of indigenous and rural communities by harnessing their wealth of unrecognized cultural heritage. It promoted both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of those marginalized groups and helped build their capacities in cultural tourism and cultural industries. Special focus was put on training local community members and supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), on building institutional capacities to integrate cultural and natural heritage in developing policies and interventions as well as mainstreaming environment into cultural/natural heritage activities. The JP further provided policy options for mainstream HIV/AIDS, gender and other cross cutting issues in interventions aimed at promoting cultural tourism in Namibia. Extensive efforts to identify and compile information on cultural and natural heritage were coupled with capacity building and promotion of greater awareness of natural and cultural heritage. A Territorial Diagnosis and Institutional Mapping (TDIMS) was developed and shared, improving awareness regarding opportunities and threats for the sites. The JP supported a review towards harmonization of existing legislation on cultural and natural heritage with an aim to align the 2004 National Heritage Act with international instruments. Policy frameworks were improved and cultural elements were introduced into the education system. In order to create favorable conditions aimed at fostering local employment and income opportunities and to more effectively fight HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities, the JP has invested in ongoing development of 11 cultural tourism pilot sites. Architectural plans, Management and Conservation policies and Territorial Diagnoses and Institutional Mappings were completed for all sites. Baseline studies on existing legislation, policies and programmes relating to HIV/AIDS were conducted, and training material developed. The JP promoted partnerships and linkages with mainstream tour operators, and cultural entrepreneurship was fostered through training. Agences Nations Unies : UNESCO (Lead Agency) UNEP ILO UN-HABITAT

Implementing Partners : Ministry of Education ; Ministry of Environment and Tourism ; Ministry of Mines and Energy ; National Planning Commission ; Ministry of Regional Local Government and Housing and Rural Development ; Ministry of Youth National Service Sports & Culture (MYNSSC) ; Namibia Association of Communitybased natural Resources Management Organizations (NACSO) ; Namibia Community-based Tourism Association (NACOBTA) ; Polytechnic of Namibia ; University of Namibia ; Museum Association of Namibia ; National Archives ; National Heritage Council ; National Theatre of Namibia ; National Institut

Budget : USD 6 000 000.00

United Nations Development Group

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