Namibia has, for the second time, received the global gift to the Earth Award from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for its unprecedented protection effort and strengthening of its rural people.
The award was presented to Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba throughout the official opening event of the tenth Adventure Travel World Summit in Windhoek on Saturday.
Namibia is the first nation to incorporate the protection of its environment in the constitution when the first four conservation regions were structured. It was likewise in that year when, in distinguishment of its innovative legislation power that was developed over its environment, Founding President Sam Nujoma was given the Gift to the Earth in October 1998.
The nation now gloats of over 79 conservancies covering 19.5% of its land. The nation likewise boasts of the biggest free-meandering population of rhinos on the world and predators, for example cheetahs, leopards and lions have increased in numbers as a consequence of communal conservancy.
Pohamba, who expressed his gratitude for the accolade, said the world’s attention was presently kept tabs on what Namibia offers, not just regarding its extraordinary wildlife and scene, however in preservation strategies and successes.
“Namibia’s Constitution plots the protection of our environment. One of our auspicious protection efforts is the establishment of our conservancies to protect our wildlife, to minimize human-wildlife conflict and likewise to derive benefits from our tourism sector,” he said.
Pohamba likewise said the fact that the nation had been chosen and recognized for its conservation efforts for the second time is something Namibians ought to be pleased with.
Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria, who presented the gift to Pohamba, said Namibia’s success story on protection is one that numerous countries should learn from and that the nation’s award in shared preservation serves as a worldwide model.
“I have been to numerous nations around the world; however I find Namibia’s protection truly astounding. The ideas and principle behind Namibia’s communal conservancy movement are presently contemplated by over 20 nations from Africa, Asia, and the Americas with a perspective to similarly devolve environmental management responsibility and the benefit from wildlife and tourism to rural communities,” he said.