Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Development in Namibia: What Is Actually Happening

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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
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Raili Hasheela

Researcher, Environment and Development, EcoAfrica Environmental Consultants
Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

I hold a B.Sc degree in Zoology and Chemistry, a B.Sc Honours degree in Zoology, a Postgraduate diploma in Environment and Development and a Certificate in Environmental Engineering. I have worked as a Conservation Scientist in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Namibia and also assisted with the coordination of the Strengthening the Protected Areas Network (SPAN) Project. I worked as a Project Manager for the Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST) Project and am now a researcher in the areas of Knowledge Management, Protected Area Management and Coastal Management. My career goal is to exercise my skills to contribute to the management of the environment at large, and to improve my writing skills as a researcher.

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