Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Development in Namibia: What Is Actually Happening
Namibia is endowed with plenty of natural resources; ranging from wildlife resources, landscapes, aquatic resources and some geomophological resources of importance. These are in need of conservation; as they contribute a lot to the economy of the country. A large proportion of Namibia, close to 50% is used for farming, both for wildlife and livestock farming. Most of this area is now in conservancies. In addition Namibia supports 21 protected areas, in a proportion that covers 13,8% of the land surface. The economy of Namibia almost entirely depends on its natural resources. These, and the areas in which they are safeguarded contribute greatly to sustainable development. Conservation has been placed as a priority and many government institutions, projects and international conventions are striving towards contributing to conservation in Namibia, as an attempt to achieve sustainable development. This paper has integrated the conservation and development in Namibia; particularly focused on the conservation of biodiversity. It has concluded that the current efforts towards conservation in Namibia have contributed to development and will indeed contribute to sustainable development.
Keywords: Conservation, Development, Conservancies, Protected Areas
Researcher, Environment and Development, EcoAfrica Environmental Consultants