Namibia is a Success Story in Nature Conservation
Namibia nature conservation highlights:
Namibia has healthy populations of black and white rhinos, including the largest wild black rhinoceros population outside of parks in the world.
Namibia’s elephant population has grown from an estimated 7,500 in 1995 to around 20,000 today. A large percentage occurs outside of parks.
Namibia has healthy lion populations in its parks in several regions and a growing lion population outside of parks, which has increased from an estimated 25 animals in 1995 to around 150 in the north-west of Namibia.
Namibia has the largest population of free-roaming cheetahs in the world – most of them occur outside of parks.
Namibia has healthy giraffe populations in the national parks and a growing giraffe population outside the parks in several regions.
Namibia has a healthy population of leopards in the national parks in several parts of the country and leopards occur in large parts of Namibia on private and communal arable land.
Namibia has a healthy crocodile population with a large percentage outside of parks.
Namibia has relocated more than 10,000 animals, including 15 different game species – including rare and valuable species such as black rhinoceros, sable, and giraffe – from the parks to communal areas in order to strengthen their number there.
Namibia has reintroduced several species that were almost extinct into communal are
Here are a few backgrounds:
Namibia’s economy is largely dependent on natural resources. About two-thirds of the population live in rural areas and are directly dependent on natural resources for their livelihood.
Wildlife populations have recovered dramatically on both private and communal farmland after a drastic decline before independence due to drought, poaching, and adverse politics.
Healthy populations of almost all historically occurring species roam through suitable habitats; these types of special conservation concerns receive special attention.
Agricultural policy and negative behavior rather than conservation practices have limited the health of the population very much, especially some species such as buffalo and wild dog.
The animal world is managed and protected with well over 40% in national parks, nature reserves, and on private land.
Success is based on giving the animal world real value for the local people who manage and protect it – and thus bear the cost of living.
The efforts of the communities in the different regions to maintain and safeguard the nature conservation program generated over 91.15 million Namibian dollars in 2014, which benefited the rural communities and created around 5,808 jobs.
Community conservation has contributed approximately 530 million Namibian dollars to the net national income of the Namibian economy in 2014.
The sustainable use of wild animals and other natural resources is anchored in the Namibian constitution; Natural resources are part of our national heritage that is sustainable for the benefit of current and future generations of Namibians. Nature conservation Namibia forms an integral part of the future development of the country.