New Horizon For Communal Conservancies
February 2015, Volume 13-1

WWF, Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) and the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) requested the Eagle Rock Hunting Academy owned by well-known Namibian professional hunter, Volker Grellmann, to train communal conservancy hunters. Nine Namibians are being taught to become hunting operators. The course participants, among them three women, are from the communal conservancies of Seisfontein, Puros, Tsiseb and Torra in the northwest region of Kunene.

Vol13_1_art11The five-day course at Eagle Rock on the periphery of Windhoek took place in November 2014. Eagle Rock has provided professional training of trophy hunters for the past 40 years and taught 284 indigenous Namibians since 2001.

Grellmann said “the course prepares people to become safari hunting operators in their conservancies. Presently, in these conservancies there are professional hunters with hunting concessions who come from farms and safari outfits outside these areas. We want to indigenize hunting outfits operating in those areas.”

Kai-Uwe Denker, president of NAPHA, told the participants that the communal conservancy program initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism is one of the flagships of Namibian conservation. He said “one of the big success stories of this country – the communal conservancies – are located in often the most spectacular parts of this country with its truly spectacular wide open spaces where some of our big game occurs”. Denker also said the local communal conservancy program, which is about resource beneficiation to communities within these conservancies, has been so successful that Namibia received international recognition. Denker referred to the 2012 Markhor Award that was received jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO) from the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) that recognized Namibia’s outstanding work in communal conservancies.

Author: Chrispin Inambao