A unique example of community conservation in action, Skeleton Coast-Etosha Conservation Bridge links habitats, allows Namibian wildlife to move freely, and supports livelihoods
Skeleton Coast-Etosha in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia is a conservation bridge that passes through several conserved areas, connects two national parks and embraces the first “People’s Park” – a new conservation category that expands the formalization of community conservation. The region, renowned for its unique biodiversity and exceptionally high species variety, is home to 14 local communal conservancies.
LLF’s perpetual grant of one million USD per year over 50+ years will contribute to ensuring species population connectivity through wildlife corridors, climate resilience in the region, and protection of key vulnerable fauna such as the black rhino, lion, and giraffe.
IUCN Category II – National Park and Nature Reserves
Tourism Concession Area de facto (effectively) – IUCN Category II
IUCN Category II – equivalently managed People’s Parks
|IUCN Category II (National Park, Nature Reserve), Tourism Concession Areas
|Desert, savannas, ergs
|Lichens, Welwitschia mirabilis, fur seals, Dune Lark, Damara tern, arid-adapted or desert elephants, black rhinoceros, lion, giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, brown hyena
|Conservation and climate relevance
|70% zoned as Special Value, part of Iona-Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Park
|World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Namibia, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
|Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT)
|Rob Walton Foundation
Program in brief
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The agreement commits one million USD annually to the region, which consists of multiple protected areas, communal conservancies and their buffer zones, for at least 50 years.