Kunene communities supported
Community members living in the Kunene region are among some of the most affected by human-wildlife conflict incidences involving a wide range of species such as lions, elephants, hyenas, and leopards. These incidences include loss of livestock, crops, infrastructure and in some cases the regrettable loss of human life.
Through various initiatives, the MEFT has continued working together with local organisations, communities, international stakeholders, and other partners to find long-term solutions to the challenges of human-wildlife conflict. The POSCCIN Project noted above is one of such ongoing efforts implemented by the Namibian Government in partnership with the CCFN and in collaboration with the affected communities.
On 27 October 2023, selected beneficiaries were presented with grants, infrastructure, and equipment worth N$31 million towards the mitigation and management of human-wildlife conflict as we seek to enhance community livelihood development in selected human-wildlife conflict hotspot areas in the Kunene landscape.
The funding under the grants will support measures such as:
• The construction of predator-proof kraals to protect livestock from predators;
• Water infrastructure to reduce contact between people, livestock and wildlife to reduce competition for this vital resource;
• Continued implementation of a Lion Ranger Programme;
• Collaring of predators and the establishment of various early warning systems; and
• Other measures as requested by the communities.
Since 1990, the funding provided under German Development Cooperation to Namibia amounts to approximately N$32.3 billion. The KfW portfolio under current implementation comprises 36 projects with a total value of N$12.9 billion, while an additional 22 projects with a total value of approximately N$6.6 billion are under preparation.