Initiative establishes protected landscape conservation areas

Michael Sibalatani, Project Manager of NAM-PLACE (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)With the exception of the Namib-Naukluft and Etosha the protected area system comprises many small isolated patches of protected areas, which prevents a more comprehensive approach to biome conservation and in turn, limits the free movement of wildlife between protected areas.
To combat this issue, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism with financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) together with the implementing agency,United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is undertaking a five year project aimed at lifting barriers for the establishment of a large scale network of protected landscapes in the country.
Formed in 2011, the Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative (NAM-PLACE) was implemented to establish protected landscape conservation areas and ensure that land uses in areas adjacent to existing Protected Areas are compatible with biodiversity conservation objectives and corridors are established to sustain the viability of wildlife population.