Before independence in 1990, wildlife populations in Namibia’s communal areas were plummeting as a result of extensive poaching during prolonged military occupation. To stem the tide of species loss while maintaining and improving livelihoods, USAID supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management in Namibia from 1992 until 2008, through its Living in a Finite Environment (LIFE) program. The 15-year investment of USAID in the CBNRM program has contributed to impressive results and pushed Namibia to the forefront of the CBNRM practice worldwide. This success was largely due to the vision of the government of Namibia and the efforts of the World Wild Fund (WWF), and partners, through a cooperative agreement with USAID, international partners, the private sector, support organizations, and Namibian communities and leaders who pushed for poverty reduction in rural areas. USAID invested approximately US$40 million in the Namibia CBNRM program, which was matched by a similar amount through government of Namibia and partner contributions.
While USAID`s primary effort was in the area of natural resource conservation with focus on strengthening the CBNRM movement, USAID supported efforts to save the cheetah.
Global Climate change
USAID is also supporting early warning systems to help mitigate the effects of global climate change such as drought and flooding may have on the country.
Last updated: May 10, 2013