Namibia is recognized as a global leader in conservation and nature-based rural development. Its State-run Community-Based Natural Resource Management Program (CBNRM) is a successful example of decentralizing natural resource management and recognizing the rights and development needs of local communities. Namibia’s CBNRM Program was awarded the prestigious Markhor Award in 2012.
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Key lessons learned include:
- A strong legislative framework, and efficient coordination between institutions responsible for the management of natural resources (fauna, flora, water, land), are important for a successful CBNRM program.
- CBNRM will be a successful conservation model, if adequate economic incentives are linked with environmental management, especially when private sector investment and buy-in from local communities is required for conservation success.
- CBNRM has the potential to generate long-term financial and ecological wealth for disadvantaged groups.
- Sustainable management of resources and a business-oriented approach are important concepts for the successful management of conservancies and community forests.
This best practice has been repurposed from Namibia’s Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (5NR), latest National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP 2013-2022), and several publications of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NASCO). **Please note, this best practice has not been reviewed by the Government of Namibia.