WINDHOEK: The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-Namibia) and NACSO signed a grant agreement worth N.dollars 192 000 here on Monday to produce the annual ‘State of Conservancy’ report.
MCA-Namibia Senior Manager: Public Outreach Ralph Höfelein said in a media statement that the ‘State of Conservancy’ report will be published towards the end of this year.
It is being compiled by the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resources’ Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO), and highlights challenges and progress made in achieving sustainability in the conservancy sector.
Namibian communal conservancies are self-governing bodies on communal land, with rights over wildlife and tourism activities granted by the government through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).
Conservancy members mainly generate income from trophy-hunting and the running of lodges and campsites as joint ventures with private investors. They also provide guards and participate in game counts, which show a continuous upward trend in wildlife populations.
MCA-Namibia is supporting the country’s tourism movement through its Conservancy Development Support Services (CDSS), strengthening the members’ ability to organise themselves and move towards financial sustainability.
Almost half of Namibia’s land is under some form of conservation management, of which 18 per cent is governed by 76 communal conservancies.
MCA-Namibia implements development projects in the country’s education, agriculture and tourism sectors through the United States (US) government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to the value of US dollars 304.5 million (about N.dollars 2.5 billion) with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth.