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World Nature Conservation Day

28 Jul 2017 | News

World Nature Conservation is celebrated on July 28th each year to raise awareness on protecting nature and conservation of natural resources.

World Nature Conservation Day

World Nature Conservation is celebrated on July 28th each year to raise awareness on protecting nature and conservation of natural resources. World Nature Conservation Day recognises that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society, and to ensure the wellbeing of present and future generations.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) defines conservation as “a rational use of the environment to provide a high quality of living for mankind”.

Namibia is proudly acclaimed for its approach to conservation internationally. It is amongst the first countries in the world to include the protection of the environment in its constitution. Its environmental laws and policies promote biodiversity conservation, through the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians both present and future.

Namibia is also known for its rich natural resources, amongst many points, having the world’s largest population of the cheetah probably the only expanding range for lions and the world’s largest free-roaming population of black rhino.  Sustainable management and protection of these natural resources is a continuous challenge especially in times of economic hardship as it has been unfortunately observed with increase in wildlife crime. 

Despite this we have witnessed incredible conservation efforts in Namibia carried out by the collective will and actions of ordinary Namibians and today more than 40% of Namibia is under communal conservancy management through Community-Based Natural Resource Management. This allows for the collective use and management of natural resources that people depend upon for their livelihoods, in Namibia CBNRM allows communities to have the right to use, benefit and manage their natural resources in a sustainable way.

Great efforts are also visible through Protected Areas (PAs), which include national parks and reserves. Protected areas are subdivided into game and nature reserves which are centrepiece to Namibia’s tourism. The PAs conserve biodiversity and ecosystem by protecting some of the country's most important habitats and species of national and global significance.

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) is one of the major stakeholders playing a prominent role in positively influencing the adaptability of the concept of conservation and in being a partner of the government, NGO’s, private sector and rural communities.  NNF as Namibia’s leading conservation and sustainable development NGO directly implements and manage projects aimed at improving the well-being of Namibian communities through the sustainable use and management of their natural resources. The NNF’s contribution to conservation in Namibia is reflected best through our partnerships and the many successes we have achieved together.

“If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together” - a Himba Quote

There will always be many more efforts required to conserve our nature and environment, but we can take pride and celebrate our conservation efforts as a nation. It is our responsibility, and we all have an important role to play by partaking in conservation efforts; protecting, conserving and sustainably managing our natural resources.

For Namibians if we love Namibia, we love nature and for our friends if you love nature, you surely must love Namibia!

 

“Love Namibia, Love Nature”