Fabian Libanda says we depend on nature for everything

Fabian Libanda says we depend on nature for everything

“Come and see what nature has to offer this side of the country. The area is well managed by community members who are well educated about conservation management and the benefits of conservation for future generations.” - Fabian Libanda, Acting Manager, Salambala Conservancy, 2020

Nature was created by God and we are custodians of the environment and have to look after it. Without nature there is no wildlife and beautiful trees. We depend on nature for everything.

Poaching in the area has been mainly subsistence poaching on small game and warthogs. There were poaching incidences of 1 wildebeest and 1 kudu and arrests for these were made. Commercial poaching has been low in the area because of the joint patrols between MEFT, IRDNC, the police and the conservancy. Poaching also decreased because of the awareness raised in the community on the sustainable use of natural resources.

The game guards continued with their patrols during lockdown and the COVID period. If we stop patrolling, our natural resources will not be monitored and well maintained.

COVID 19 negatively affected income streams to the conservancy. There has been no hunting and no tourists coming into the area. We are not able to interact with people and share our beautiful region with its vast landscape and beautiful culture. We have not been able to share our beautiful Namibia.

Through managing natural resources in a sustainable manner over the past 6 months from January to June, these were some of the benefits to members in the conservancy:

  • Cash benefits of about N$ 15 000 in 18 areas and to the Traditional Authority
  • Helped with infrastructure for the Traditional Authority
  • Helped build teachers houses at a local school
  • Installed toilets for old age pensioners

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Jerome Mwilima encourages people to continue protecting wildlife

Calvin Simu of Sikunga Conservancy explains the importance of nature

Gert Kasupi explains why he loves being a Rhino Ranger

Ella !Hoaes explains how wildlife has changed livelihoods through tourism

Kenneth Maplanga describes how tourism is benefitting conservation

Beavan Sinvula invites you to Salambala Conservancy

For Martha Lambert seeing wildlife and beautiful landscapes makes her day

Hofney Hoeb - "Rhinos are our future"

Festus Tjimbi volunteers to monitor wildlife

Smith Shikoto - Conservation benefits us now and future generations

Kachana Mukushi – Game guard making a difference

Environmental Shepherd Maleska Harases is responsible for the protection of wildlife

Pineas Kasaona explains how patrols by game guards help to counter poaching

Fabian Libanda says we depend on nature for everything

Hans Fwelimbi discusses how the people of Wuparo live with wild animals

Isaac Sililo – Field Officer, Sikunga Conservancy

Abia Kavita - 23 years as a game guard

Allan Silubanga shares his experience

Tourism improves livelihoods

Hiamaundu Hinu on the importance of conserving nature