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Preserving Namibia’s Wonders

Namibia has become a world leader in landscape conservation through utilising different forms of conservation. These include state protected areas, private protected areas, communal conservancies, commercial conservancies and many more. Through our projects across Namibia, N/a’an ku sê has implemented many actions to not only reduce our impact, but preserve the landscapes we have assumed stewardship of.

N/a’an ku sê has taken a unique approach to landscape conservation.

Namibia has become a world leader in landscape conservation through utilising different forms of conservation. These include state protected areas, private protected areas, communal conservancies, commercial conservancies and many more. Through our projects across Namibia, N/a’an ku sê has implemented many actions to not only reduce our impact, but preserve the landscapes we have assumed stewardship of.

Kanaan

A growing (and glowing) example of landscape conservation is Kanaan Desert Retreat. This fragile desert environment is a paradise that was slowly being lost to the advancements of human encroachment. In the dedicated hands of the N/a’an ku sê team the clock is being turned back to offer a glimpse into the past when oryx, springbok, ostriches and cheetahs ruled the grasslands instead of cattle. The removal of old fences, broken water dams and roads is opening the land and inviting the return of magnificent desert wildlife.

Neuras

Just 250km north of Kanaan lies Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate. The removal of invasive plant species has kept this landscape, nestled beneath the Naukluft Mountains, beautifully pristine and environmentally exquisite. Neuras is also the site of one of our greatest large carnivore success stories – Lightning. This female leopard was not only our longest monitored free-roaming leopard through our Large Carnivore Monitoring Program, but she also raised two litters of cubs and displayed a high preference for natural prey, staying away from livestock.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Located about 40km east of Windhoek, the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary presents another of Namibia’s unique and varied landscapes, where the main challenge in landscape conservation is bush encroachment. The highly tenacious and strong black thorn acacia is spreading through much of the country and destroying vital grasslands, as well as elevating extreme bush fire hazards through its dense thickets. To combat this problem, we have started a de-bushing campaign, which not only reopens the land for grass growth and reduces the fire hazard, but also supplies necessary firewood to our other project locations such as Neuras and Kanaan.

Epukiro

Further east is the Lifeline Clinic at Epukiro. Although the clinic is a medical operation, conservation measures have none the less been put into action here. A system to collect rain water for vegetable gardens, as well as solar generated power, have been implemented. These systems also help in educating the San Bushmen, whom the clinic cares for, in sustainable sustenance. Across the N/a’an ku sê board, our projects aim to practice sustainability through solar power generation and small scale, sustainable gardening. This results in minimal impact on the landscapes these projects encompass, and better facilitates our actions in preserving the pristine beauty of those corners of Namibia that we care for.