Ministry of Environment and Tourism officially inaugurated the Kapinga Kamwalye Conservancy at Macuva village in the Kavango East Region

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) officially inaugurated the Kapinga Kamwalye Conservancy at Macuva village in the Kavango East Region on Thursday.

The conservancy borders the Shambyu and Gciriku traditional authority.

Located in the Rundu Rural and Mashare constituencies and covering close to 1698 kilometres (km), the conservancy stretches from the Kavango River into the inland and it is expected to benefit a population of about 3061 people living in the surrounding villages.

Speaking at the inauguration, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Bernadette Jagger said Namibia has adopted a number of innovative strategies to achieve biodiversity conservation within the framework of national development plans and poverty reduction.

She said one of the strategies is the Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) programme, which allows the formation of communal conservancies through which rural communities have gained rights over the management of wildlife and tourism.

Source: Namibia Press Agency