Namibia: Africa's conservation success story
More than 40 percent of Namibia is under conservation management, and it was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 03:10 PM
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While much of Africa continues to face an unprecedented poaching crisis, there's one African country that serves as a conservation success story.
Namibia, which is located on the southern part of the continent, is the only African country where wildlife numbers are actually growing.
It's a relatively new country, having gained independence in 1990, and it was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution.
The Namibian government gave its people the opportunity to manage natural resources through communal conservancies. In cooperation with the government and nonprofit organizations, these conservancies have worked to protect land and wildlife.
Today, more than 40 percent of Namibia is under conservation management, and the country is home to the world's largest cheetah population, as well as flourishing populations of lions, black rhinos, zebras and other native wildlife.
Tourism has played a large role in the country's conservation success by generating sustainable income for local communities, and the people of Namibia have come together to protect the resources that draw nearly a million tourists a year.
To learn more about Namibia's conservation success, check out the World Wildlife Fund videos below.
Pride of Namibia
See how local communities are protecting Namibia's wildlife.
This video tells the story of Jantjie Rhyn, a Namibian farmer who's committed to protecting wildlife despite the dangers they present.
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