WIN Dialogues Namibia
WIN Dialogues Namibia - Day 3
Community-based Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Livelihoods
Thursday 19 September 2013
11:15 – 12:45
This session highlighted the work of four different local organizations that have prioritized a community-based approach to natural resource management.
Dirk Pienaar of the Khomani San Community discussed the challenges faced by his community in regards to illegal land grabs and land conversion, as well as the action being taken to pursue sustainable livelihoods and job opportunities.
Gladman Chibememe of Chibememe Earth Healing Association, an Equator Prize 2004 winner, summarized outlined how CHIEHA works in two regional clusters on the protection and recovery of land, improving resource availability, and diversifying the ways land is used in communal areas (download presentation). In the southeast cluster, for example, CHIEHA works with 30 households on multiple-cropping, water-harvesting strategies, seed fairs and farming with drought-tolerant crops.
Shani Ole Petenya of Shompole Community Trust, an Equator Prize 2006 winner, discussed the Shompole Lodge, an ecotourism venture established through the trust in 1999 (download presentation). Shani described the efforts of the lodge as combining development, eco-tourism and social development activities. The lodge employs over 1,000 women full-time and over 1,000 youth short-term. In addition, Shompole Community Trust has increased wildlife numbers three-fold within the conservancy.
Francis Gomeb of N≠A Jaqna Conservancy, an Equator Prize 2008 winner, concluded the session by outlining the activities of his conservancy, which included: maintenance of the devil’s claw herb, sustainable extraction of firewood and timber, wildlife conservation, and infrastructure upgrades to eco-tourism facilities (download presentation). Additionally, he shared that their conservancy introduced over 280 different species of wild animals to the area and involved local women in leadership roles.