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.
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.
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.