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Namibia: Local Component of Transboundary Community Conservancy Sustainable Wildlife Management Project Launched

The project signing ceremony to kick off the implementation of the Namibia component of the transboundary Community Conservancy Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) project was launched in Windhoek this week, between the government, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and French Development Agency (AFD).

The activities in Namibia will form part of a EURO 3.5 million project financed by AFD to improve sustainable wildlife management and food security in Namibia and Botswana.

Under the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme, the new project will partner with the governments of Namibia and Botswana to address threats from unsustainable levels of wildlife hunting, closure of habitats, and fragmentation, which prevent animals from reaching the resources they need to survive, as well as poaching of animals as a result of human-wildlife conflicts.

The project also aims to increase the resilience of the communities faced with erratic rainfall and frequent droughts.

“The focus of the project is to benefit both the wildlife and ecosystems in the Transfrontier Conservation Area and the resilience of local communities that rely on them, at least in part, for food and income,” said Farayi Zimudzi, FAO Representative in Namibia.

The project will focus on supporting the development of a network of community conservancies and community-based organizations that help manage community-owned land to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of local livelihoods. Namibia already has a network of 86 community conservancies, which collectively cover 20 percent of the country and are home to nearly 230,000 people.