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Life changing water developments


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Nyae Nyae Development Foundation

The Nyae Nyae Development Foundation Namibia (NNDFN) is a non-governmental organisation working with San communities in Namibia.

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Supporting Wildlife Conservation in Nyae Nyae Conservancy

The Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Community Forest (NNCCF) was one of the first registered conservancies in Namibia and is considered as an important area for Wildlife Conservation in southern Africa. The monitoring of wildlife is the responsibility of the conservancies under the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), and in Nyae Nyae this is done through daily patrols, and annual...

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Urgent global campaign calling for immediate moratorium on oil and gas drilling inOkavango River Basin

Civil Society Organisations in Namibia, together with regional and international organisations, coalitions and technical experts, are deeply concerned about oil and gas exploratory drilling activities in the Kavango Basin. Most of them have not been consulted or given any evidence about how the exploration activities and possible production of oil and gas will affect the lives, livelihoods and human rights of people in Kavango East and West regions, as well...

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Devil’s Claw Harvesting essential for Wildlife Conservation

Devil’s Claw (harpagophytum sp) is a protected plant in Namibia and permits are required to harvest and sell it.  Extracts from the roots of the plant act as an anti-inflammatory and are widely used in Europe and elsewhere in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.  Namibia is the largest supplier of devil’s claw in the world. In both the Nyae Nyae...

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Traditional craft-making an essential financial lifeline for San women

Traditional arts and crafts are favourites as souvenirs with tourists when they come to Namibia. One of the key sources of cash for many San Women in Nyae Nyae Conservancy is traditional craft making. During the lockdown there have been precious few tourists, certainly no international guests. While this sector has suffered along with all sectors linked to tourism, Nyae Nyae...

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Counting game - Essential activities continue in Nyae Nyae Conservancy

With the support of MEFT, the Nyae Nyae Conservancy undertook its annual game count in September, 2020. This involved wildlife rangers and volunteers observing the 18 water points around the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. They do this for 48 hours counting the different species of game coming to drink at each water point.

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IUCN Save our Species fund supports San conservancies through difficult times

The impact of COVID 19 on the economy of Namibia is considerable. However, the impact on many poor rural communities, in particular communal conservancies in 2020, could be even greater. Especially in the Nyae Nyae and N#a Jaqna conservancies where the San communities reside. These communities are almost completely dependent on tourism and Trophy hunting for their income. This income generated...

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Nyae Nyae Conservancy continues to manage fire to protect their precious resources

It has been a devastating year for conservancies that are largely been dependent on tourism and Trophy Hunting for the income. Global travel bans and quarantines have meant that conservancies are struggling to cover their costs and maintain their activities. Add the threat of wild and veld-fires to the mix and 2020 could turn into a dramatic year for the conservancies....

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EU and MEFT support for Na Jaqna AGM critical during this difficult time

The EU through their governance support and general support from MEFT results in a successful AGM in N≠a Jaqna Conservancy The N≠a Jaqna Annual General Meeting was held for most of last week in Mkata, with financial support from the EU to improve governance and community participation and the MEFT to ensure that conservancy operations continue during these difficult times when...

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Cofeed Namibia and donors make a significant difference in Nyae Nyae and N≠a Jaqna Conservancies

Through the work of CoFeed Namibia and their generous donors, every village in Nyae Nyae and N≠a Jaqna Conservancy have received a box of clothes and another box of food.  A vast amount of clothes and food have been donated by Woolworths, Cymot, RMB Namibia through the Hope initiative of FirstRand Namibia, Bokomo Namibia and private individuals. These donations are being...

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Main Donors

List of major donors over the last 10 years

German EMbassy
Environmental Investment Fund
Kalahari Peoples Fund