Country Pilot Partnership for Intergrated Sustainable Land Management (CPP-ISLM) - Innavative Grants Machanism (IGM) Projects)

What is the project about?

A bee-rearing and honey production project supported by the CPP ISLM - IGM. Photo - UNDP

The goal of the Country Pilot Partnership for Integrated Sustainable Land Management (CPP-ISLM) is to work towards combating land degradation by using integrated cross-sectoral approaches, which would enable Namibia to ensure environmental sustainability as well as the protection of dry land ecosystems and their functions. The CPP-ISLM is a partnership programme between eight Ministries, namely the Ministry of Environment and Tourism; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry; Ministry of Lands and Resettlement; Ministry of Regional And Local Government And Housing and Rural Development; Ministry of Mines and Energy; Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources; and the National Planning Commission.

The Innovative Grants Mechanism (IGM) for ISLM is a component of the Country Pilot Partnership Programme (CPP-ISLM) which financially and technically supports activities that ensure sustainable land use and its resources, thus ensuring social and economic sustainability beyond the satisfaction of national and global environment objectives. This component is run by the CPP-ISLM Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) within the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The IGM component, is a small-scale investment that finances tangible produce and practical results from the use of natural resources and its products, and/or those that contribute to improved land management. The grant facility supports community-based projects which target the following:

  • Income generating activities linked to sustainable land management that improves livelihoods through job creation.
  • Food security and capacity building in ISLM.
  • Activities that promote public-private partnerships in ISLM for sustainable livelihoods and activities that preserve and restore biodiversity in areas under greatest land-use pressure.
  • Actions improving market access and performance of natural resources and products from improved land management.
  • Activities that mainstream biodiversity priorities into land use planning and policy-making.

What have we accomplished?

Through the implementation of IGM supported projects, a total number of 70 medium term (12 month period) employment opportunities were created, creating total wages to the value of N$30,650.00/month. In addition, N$46,290.00 was distributed to indirect beneficiaries (non-project members) through casual labour opportunities created and through sales of raw material (veld fruits, herbs, groundnuts).

These projects continue to contribute towards food security on a household level through increased production of crops such as marama beans and various types of fruits and vegetables; chicken and guinea fowl meat and eggs; melon seed oil; honey and various types of jam and juice produced from veld fruits. Households also benefit from income creation mainly through employment opportunities created and sales from marketing of produce.

Some of the projects supported by the IGM include:

  • Mudumu North and Khaudom North Conservancies’ BeekeepingEnterprise Development – A bee-rearing and honey production project benefiting participating members by giving them the ability to earn legitimate incomes.
  • Utokota Community Development Project – which transforms harvested non-timber forest products into marketable products such as jam, juice and animal fodder.
  • Okongo Community Forest Guinea Fowl Production – which provides income generating opportunities to households, while maintaining forest products. Improved guinea fowl production contributes to food security and allows farmers to enter new markets by offering guinea fowl meat as a delicacy to tourist outlets.
  •  Ongenga Women’s Gardening Project secures regular and nutritious food supply to its project members, while also providing an additional source of income to members through the sale of produce on the local market.
  • Vergenoeg Land Resource Management Project reduces bush encroachment through implementing debushing activities. This also allows for inter-planting devil’s claw for income diversification.
  •  Ongwediva College of Education- Aquaculture Project which enhances the capacities of student teachers through practical application of aquaculture techniques as part of their agriculture curriculum, thereby also promoting the technique to the wider public in the long run. Aquaculture is an unique form of land use which has minimal impact on the land, while being a contributor to food security.
  • Ndeya Trading Enterprise which manufactures and distributes locally produced and quality peanut butter,thereby extending the local market for groundnut producers in Namibia. It also incorporates insitutional development for improved marketing to local groundnut producers.
  • Cultivation of Marama Bean Project - Rural communities test the domestication of marama beans which is possibly becoming extinct as a wild vegetable specie. The project is implemented in partnership with the University of Namibia.

Who finances the project?

Project Overview
Project Status
Project Duration
2007 - 2012
Goegraphic Coverage
Focus Area
Environment & Sutainable Development
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Finance, and the National Planning Commission, the Global Environment Facility and its Implementing Agencies, the European Union, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Non-Governmental Organisation community such as Namibia Nature Foundation
Focal Point
Martha Naanda