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Equator Initiative Case Study - N≠a Jaqna Conservancy

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With 912,000 ha of communal land, N≠a Jaqna Conservancy combines the sustainable management of endemic wildlife and natural resources with the empowerment of Namibia’s !Kung San people. (Symbols ‘≠’ and ‘!’ represent distinct click sounds unique to Khoisan languages.) Established as a conservancy in 2003, the organization trains local !Kung San as wildlife managers, committee members and game guards. Objectives include re-establishing game populations and sustainable forest management through sound planning, management and monitoring.
The governance structure for the conservancy, is prescribed by Namibian law as part of its successful Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme. In addition, the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy has evolved a highly consultative governance model that matches the unique leadership system of the !Kung San people. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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