Support for Omaheke conservancies

14 July 2019 | Environment

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) recently received a donation of N$234 000 to in support of three conservancies in the Omaheke region from First National Bank (FNB) through its FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust. The beneficiaries are Omuramba ua Mbinda Conservancy and Community Forest, Eiseb Conservancy and Otjombinde Conservancy.

The funding is to diversify the support that NNF provides to these conservancies surrounding Devils' Claw harvesting, equipment and supplies for the conservancy's game guards, and backing their activities of safeguarding their natural resources.

The funding also makes provision for financial training to conservancy management committees, to have sound financial systems in place, ensuring transparency, accountability, compliance and good governance of the conservancies.

According to FNB's Gobabis branch manager, Abiud Tjikusere, the bank is proud to support the NNF, since the trust supports initiatives that seek to bring about positive environmental change. “As a financial services provider, it is of great importance that the activities we invest in, develop and empower the Namibian people on issues of human wildlife conflict and combatting wildlife crime.

“There is no doubt that this project will provide resources to the people and will positively impact society, and address many of Namibia's social, economic and environmental needs – this we believe is the key to sustainability,” he said.

The event was attended by more than 100 conservancy members, including local officials of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

At the same event, equipment including tents, sleeping bags, camping mattresses, headlamps, binoculars, a GPS, and a digital camera was handed over for use by conservancy game guards.

The chairperson of Omuramba ua Mbinda Conservancy and Community Forest, Erika Ndjavera, expressed her gratitude to FNB and NNF officials for the support provided to the conservancies in Omaheke region.

“This continues to be an area that receives very little donor support for conservation and community development projects,” she said, encouraging new donors to come on board and become partners in conservation.

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