Reporting on CBNRM

Community-based Natural Resource Management in Namibia

Community conservation areas cover 20% of Namibia. CBNRM empowers rural people, improves their livelihoods, and conserves wildlife and the environment.

Rural development – benefitting people

Conserving wildlife and the environment

This website carries comprehensive information about community-based natural resource management in Namibia. We also publish an annual report: The State of Community Conservation in Namibia.

Managing our Environment

CBNRM: the right balance

Many rural communities in Namibia live together with wildlife. In order to offset losses from crop raiders such as elephants and predators, including lions, they need to receive benefits in return. These come from tourism and associated income, including crafts, and from conservation hunting. Through Community Based Natural Resource Management, natural resources are conserved for future generations while providing significant returns today.

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Who we are

Welcome to the State of Community Conservation in Namibia: a review of communal conservancies, community forests and other CBNRM activities supported by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and by CBNRM support organisations.

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Our Vision

Community conservation grew out of the recognition that wildlife and other natural resources are of value in communal areas, and that these resources can be unlocked if local communities are empowered to manage and utilise resources themselves.

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Community conservation grew out of the recognition that wildlife and other natural resources are of value in communal areas, and that these resources can be unlocked if local communities are empowered to manage and utilise resources themselves.

This page was last updated on: 9th December 2019