Conserving Wildlife and Empowering Communities in Namibia, World Wildlife Fund for Nature

UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

First Runner-up:  Conserving Wildlife and Empowering Communities in Namibia, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (Namibia)

WWF’s work in Namibia focuses on supporting their communal conservancy program—a successful model for balancing the needs of people and wildlife. We partner with local communities to help them manage their natural resources and ensure a future that includes healthy wildlife populations and sustainable economic growth. Today, there is a direct relationship between the health of wildlife populations and prosperity of local communities. As a result, poaching has declined dramatically and there are now restored populations of numerous species. Building off of the success of the conservancy program, we now partner with governments and other entities to conserve biodiversity across large landscapes made up of conservancies, national parks, other state-managed protected areas, and private land.

"The UNWTO Ulysses Award for WWF’s Namibia program affirms Conservation Travel is a powerful incentive for local communities, government, and the private sector to value and protect natural and cultural assets more intact than degraded.  The award highlights that this model of tourism can contribute to growing wildlife populations versus the poaching carnage that is so prevalent across the African continent."

James Sano, Vice-President

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