Conservancies key to rural growth in Kunene

07 Jun 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – The Kunene Region conservancies are the key to rural empowerment and development of structures to address local livelihoods Opuwo Rural Councillor, Kazeongere Tjeundo, has said.
The councilor made these remarks during the launch of an integrated community tourism website here on Thursday, where he said due to the large number of conservancies, the region needs to increase their tourism infrastructure to start benefiting communal conservancies and its local communities.
This region has 38 out of the country’s 86 conservancies which is the largest number out of all other regions, he said.
The website was developed to display communal conservancies online and for potential tourists to assist the local communities in promoting their tourism activities.
Speaking at the same event, Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta, said initiatives such as these are essential to community conservation and tourism initiatives in the rural communities.
He pointed out that communal conservancies contribute to local economies and also continue to enhance Namibia’s global reputation as a leader in community-based conservation tourism.
“The website increases accessibility and enables us to reach important markets not only for community tourism but others as well,” noted Shifeta.
The website is an initiative by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations; Tourism Supporting Conservation; Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation; and The Community Conservation Fund of Namibia.