WINDHOEK: The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) has honoured Namibia with the prestigious 2012 Markhor Award, given in recognition of a country’s efforts to empower locals to look after their own natural resources.
Namibia’s successes in wildlife conservation earned this award, which was received during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India yesterday.
CIC, in a media statement issued today, said the Namibia’s High Commissioner to India Dr. Samuel Mbambo received the award on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Tourism Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, as well as the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations (NACSO), who jointly claimed the award.
The CIC Markhor Award recognises and celebrates outstanding conservation performance by personalities, private and government institutions, enterprises, or conservation projects that link the conservation of biodiversity and human livelihoods through the application of the principles of sustainable use, in particular hunting, as part of wildlife and ecosystem management.
Secretariat Co-ordinator of NACSO, Maxi Louis, who also attended the event, said Namibians live with wildlife in successful co-existence.
2 (ONDANGWA) – The construction of the N.dollars 140 million Gwashamba Shopping Mall is well underway at the northern town of Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held here yesterday to mark the official commencement of construction work on the mall.
Ondangwa Constituency Councillor Kaushiweni Abraham, the Chairperson of the Management Committee of the Ondangwa Town Council Christian Iitope, the Managing Director of Safland Property Group Namibia Kallie van der Merwe and the Group’s Chairperson Ranga Haikali were all present at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Gwashamba Shopping Mall, which is 11,300 square metres in size, is being developed by the Safland Property Group and it will cater for about 40 shops.
It is situated along Ondangwa’s main road near the offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.