Preserving Namibia's Wonders

Namibia has become a world leader in landscape conservation through utilising different forms of conservation such as state protected areas, private protected areas, communal conservancies, commercial conservancies and many more.
Throughout 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. We believe that we can play a very important role by identifying land which is critical in reducing human-wildlife conflict. We also believe that the land we intend to conserve contributes to the greater economic scheme of things and that it should be productive in line with the land use which is best for that specific area of Namibia.

N/a’an ku sê strives to be a social entrepreneur with regards to landscape conservation. Typically, N/a’an ku sê identifies land which borders a conservation area and on which a venture could be started or improved. This could potentially make the land financially self- sustainable. Furthermore, N/a’an ku sê then is open to partner with likeminded investors who support our conservation causes. This is managed on sound environmental principles with conservation activities remaining the cornerstone of the venture.

Our newest project, and our growing prime 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 oryxes, springboks, ostriches and cheetahs ruled the grasslands instead of cattle. The removal of old fences, broken water dams and roads is opening the land and becoming a beacon for many of the desert wildlife to return.

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Just 250km north of Kanaan is Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate. The removal and hindrance of invasive plants and animals from spreading has kept this landscape just under the Naukluft Mountains as beautiful as when it first had human eyes set upon it. Neuras is also the site of one of our biggest large carnivore success stories, Lightning. This female leopard is not only our longest monitored leopard through our Large Carnivore Monitoring Program, but she has also raised two litters of cubs since and shown a high preference for staying away from livestock and hunting natural preys.

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Located about 40km east of Windhoek, the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary presents a completely different landscape of Namibia, where the main challenge in landscape con-servation is bush encroachment. The highly tenacious and strong black thorn acacia is spreading through much of the country and pushing out much needed grasslands as well as building 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, cuts down on the fire hazard, but also supplies needed firewood to our other project locations like Neuras and Kanaan.Read more...

Further east is the Lifeline Clinic at Epukiro. Although the Clinic is a medical based operation, conservation measures have still been created there. A system to collect rain water for the vegetable gardens as well as solar generated power has been implemented. These systems are also helping to educate the bushman in sustainable suste-nance for whom the Clinic cares for. All across the N/a’an ku sê board, our projects are practicing and leading sustainable exis-tences through solar power generation and small scale, sustainable gardening. All of this adds up to a minimal impact on the landscapes these projects encompass, and better facilitate our actions to preserve the pristine beauty of these corners of Namibia which we care for.Read more...