Strengthening the Capacity of the Protected Area System to Address New Management Challenges (PASS)
What is the project about?
The project will provide greater conservation security to the protected area system that has recently expanded by 33,530 sq km, and a network of Communal Conservancies on communal lands has also expanded by an additional 30,837 sq km with more than 66 new conservancies registered to date. This will be done by addressing new management challenges such as fire and poaching that, if left unchecked, will erase recent conservation gains and result into loss of the aforementioned global environmental benefits. The project will also further cement PA finance to meet total expenditures required to address these new demands, and to improve the efficiency of enforcement.
The main objective of the project is to ensure that the Protected Area system of Namibia is strengthened and sustainably financed through improving current systems for revenue generation, introduction of innovative revenue generation mechanisms; and cost effective enforcement through application of the Enforcement Economics Model.
What are the expected outcomes?
- Increased Protected Areas (PA) financing opportunities for new PAs covering 33,530 sq km and new Communal conservancies covering an area of 30,837 km2, by developing and implementing new and innovative revenue generation mechanisms
- Effective enforcement in PAs and deterrence of biodiversity-related crimes over a PA estate area of 136,796 km2 and an area of 123,347 km2 comprising Communal Conservancies.
- Effective Fire Management leading to reduced degradation of wildlife habitats