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Opuwo Processing Facility training
Six training and technical support visits have been undertaken to the Opuwo Processing Facility to support improved quality assurance and record keeping at the facility. A new manager, Ms Ueriira Tjiveze, has been appointed in April and much of the training efforts have been focused on her.
Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation
Two new lion-proof kraals have been constructed, one at Driefontein and one at Bergsig Pos, to reduce human wildlife conflicts. Several lion proof-kraals are expected to be erected. In addition to the fencing, motion activated solar powered spot lights have been purchased to fit the lion proof kraals. These will help to disturb approaching predators.
Rhino Pride in Kunene
In joint collaboration with Save the Rhino Trust, and local conservancies a Rhino Pride campaign is being implemented in Kunene. The implementation of the campaign is being undertaken following a baseline survey that was conducted in key Rhino Range conservancies in 2016. Through this campaign, The Rhino Friend Forever Pledge (and the RFF Pledge slogan) was launched at the Ongwediva Trade Fair in northern Namibia – one of the most popular events of the year.
Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the Darwin Initiative
Allu Uararavi and Karen Nott both attended the conservancy bi-annual planning meeting held in Otjitanda from the 17th to 19th July 2017 to share information with the conservancies about the support from the Darwin Project that will involve training to conservancies and Traditional Authorities regarding the new Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Legislation of 27th June 2017.
Biannual planning meetings
IRDNC continues to facilitate local-level planning meetings for multiple groups of communal conservancies twice a year. During these meetings, conservancies share progress and challenges as well as plan for the following six months. In January, planning meetings were hosted by Orupupa and Orupembe conservancies, and the second planning meetings were here held in Otjitanda and Epupa conservancy.
Onyuva Clinic finally opens after 5 years standing unused
Well done Ministry of Health as well as Orupembe and Marienfluss Conservancies - The Onyuva Clinic, near IRDNC's small Onyuva base in the north-west of Kunene region, has finally opened - after standing empty and unused for more than five years. This was the result of a dispute between the US donors of the clinic and the builder.
Kunene Tourism Data and Proposed Developments
IRDNC completed a pilot study to evaluate latent tourism opportunities (attractions/activities) in Kunene Region, which conservancies can possibly pursue as an additional/alternative income activity to wildlife. This is especially important for the conservancies located in the Kunene Highlands who are currently deriving very little benefit from the wildlife they are conserving.
Rain finally reaches the End of the World
Back in March 2017, barely any grass or anything green could be seen around Werelsend (World’s End). All that changed when recent rains in mid-April finally reached the West. It was marked by a rare flooding event which turned the small field camp into an island, surrounded by water. After the severe drought that persisted for four seasons, rain in Kunene is welcomed by the farmers and their livestock as well as wildlife.
Cave Tourism being explored as an income diversification plan for low earning Conservancies in Kunene
IRDNC has previously considered caves as a potential tourism resource and their conservation in the Kunene Region. In April this year the Councillor of Opuwo Urban Constituency, Honourable Weich Mupia, visited the Orumana Sinkhole with the aim to explore cave tourism as an income diversification for low income Conservancies in the Region.
Feedback and training meetings on Livestock and Wildlife Integration (LWI)
The LWI initiative is going strong in the Zambezi Region. Two feedback and training meetings were held over the past few days in Dzoti Conservancy.
Governance Training offered to our counterparts in Botswana
IRDNC offered a two-day training in Governance to the Board Members of the Tcheku Trust in Botswana, on 27 and 28 July. The training was rendered by Mr Justice Muhinda, our Institutional Support Coordinator in Zambezi.
Visit from Zambian Traditional Authority
Today, Mr John Kamwi, the IRDNC Trans-Boundary Coordinator, hosted a meeting at IRDNC Zambezi. In attendance were over 20 delegates from Zambia including District Commissioners, Police and Senior Government Officials. Also in attendance were several Namibian representatives of the organizing committee for the Masubia Traditional Authority (including UNAM, MET, MLR, Fisheries, Forestry and Regional Council).
Joint Planning Meeting
There has been such keen ask for a joint planning meeting between the IRDNC Windhoek Office and the two regions, Kunene and Zambezi. This finally happened over the week of the 8th to 12th of May when staff members gathered near Otjiwarongo to make plans and set priorities for the coming financial year.
Weavers trained in Zambezi
A Basic Weaving Training Course was offered to community members at Imusho Primary School in Imusho, Zambezi. This initiative was made possible through a collaboration between IRDNC Namibia and CBNRM Zambia, led by regional representatives Mr John Kwamwi and Ms. Patricia Kalipa respectively. All participants were awarded with certificates to acknowledge their participation.
Kwando and Mayuni Conservancies in Zambezi met with the Councillor of Kongola to share their experiences and report on their progress
On April 18th, the Kwando and Mayuni Conservancies were invited to present to the Kongola Regional Council their progress and experiences over the last three years.
Guest lecture by IRDNC Staff at the UNAM School of Wildlife Management & Ecotourism
On Wednesday, April 5th, the IRDNC Advisor for Zambezi (Ms. Renee Sinden) visited the University of Namibia’s Katima Mulilo campus to speak with their 1st through 4th year students (approx. 55 total) in the School of Wildlife Management & Ecotourism.
Wildlife Corridor verification and demarcation in Zambia
Although some communities are not currently benefiting from wildlife, they are willing to allow migration corridors in their villages in the hope that in the future they will benefit from the thriving wildlife and also a mechanism to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Zambezi visitors from Liberia
IRDNC Zambezi hosted visitors from Liberia on a learning exchange trip earlier in the year. The trip consisted of three officials, the Deputy Director Forest Development Authority, Mr. Darlington Taugben, the Sapo National Park Warden Mr Jallah Johnson and Ms Mary Molokwu-Odozi from Flora & Fauna International (FFI).
From elephant killing to protecting, the story of Puros Conservancy
When standing atop the Jan Joubert hill in the Puros Conservancy you may spot the long dark line of a giraffe’s neck jutting out from the crusty earth, or see a dark boulder at the foot of a far off mountain beginning to move and realize it’s actually an elephant.
When a tradition protects a culture – and empowers women
“We use this resin in our own culture, and it is also helping to maintain our culture, ” explains Veerii Tjivinda, a young Ovahimba woman who lives in the Otjimenji Village (which means ‘place of the springbuck) in the Orupembe conservancy in the Kunene region of Namibia.
Chief Mayuni talks about hunting
What does hunting mean for Namibia? According to Chief Mayuni, the patron of Mayuni Conservancy and the Chief of the Mafwe people, hunting is essential to conservation in Namibia.
A shining Star in Kunene
Maggie Vriess sits between two worlds. The village of Vrede, a small hamlet on the gravel road between Khorixas and Palmwag, and the jet-set world of international tourism. Mind you, as the manager of Damaraland Camp (D Camp), an exclusive lodge 17 km away from the same road, Maggie doesn’t get much time for sitting.
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