The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) was founded in 1987. It was initially established to help the (then) Department of Nature Conservation to raise and administer funds for the conservation of wildlife and protected area management. Since then, the work of the NNF has expanded, in both scope and volume, to encompass the whole field of environment. While considerable emphasis is still placed on the protection of parks and endangered species, the current focus of work is on broad sustainable development: environment and people, environment and development. This is seen in our work in community-based natural resource management, combating of desertification, pollution and waste management, emphasis on policy, training and education, and our grants to initiatives that promote the democratisation of environmental management and that link socio-economic development with sound environmental management.
The various Directorates of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) are amongst our main partners. However, here too the NNF has expanded considerably and now also works with a range of other government organisations (e.g. Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry, Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Ministry of Trade & Industry) and non-government organisations (e.g. IUCN, WWF, IRDNC, NANGOF, NPC, DRFN, etc.).
The NNF fully endorses the environmental clauses in Namibia's national Constitution and works to implement the policies and programmes that are contained in, and have evolved from, Namibia's Green Plan. The NNF has evolved into a national institution that provides support to all relevant aspects of the environment in Namibia, to sustainable development and to wise and ethical natural resource management.