Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas (NAM-PLACE)

What is the project about?

Wildlife in the Etosha National Park. Photo - UNDP

The Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative (NAM-PLACE) is a five year project established by The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), with co-financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Implementing Agency.

Since its inception in November 2011, NAM-PLACE has undertook to lift barriers for the establishment of a large scale network of protected landscapes and in so doing address the threats to habitat and species loss on a landscape level approach.  The project aims to establish new Protected Landscape Conservation Areas (PLCA) and also to formalize already existing ones by introducing collaborative governance structures.

NAM-PLACE aims to ensure that:

  • Namibia's biodiversity and ecosystem values are conserved and continually provide sustainable benefit flows at local, national and global levels.
  • Through the introduction of collaborative governance structures, 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 populations.

What have we accomplished so far?

To date NAM-PLACE has succeeded in bringing in an additional 15,550 ha of land under Protected Area collaborative management arrangements designed to conserve biodiversity. 

Who finances it?

Donor Amount in USD
Global Environment Facility (GEF) 4,500.000
UNDP TRAC 50,000
Project Overview
Project Status
Project Duration
2010 - 2015
Geographic Coverage
Focus Area
Environment & Sustainable Development
Ministry of Environment and Tourism-Directorate of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Lands Resettlement, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry
Focal Point
Nelson Zakaapi