Living With Wildlife Programme

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In Namibia people and wildlife, including large species such as lions and elephants, still coexist in many places.

These wild, iconic animals, freely roaming Namibia’s scenic landscapes are a unique tourism asset, but they can also be a liability when their presence leads to conflict with people whose livelihoods are negatively affected by wildlife.

Ongoing drought and habitat loss force animals closer to settlements in search of food and water.
The various projects under the Living with Wildlife Programme are all based on the idea of supporting people living with wildlife, by creating incentives for them to look after it while maintaining a respectable livelihood.


Conservation Contribution Programme

The Conservation Contribution Programme is a scheme that creates value out of iconic wildlife species for rural communities, by giving tour operators and film crews the opportunity to compensate communities for looking after the wildlife that they benefit from. Tour operators pay a daily fee of N$100 per visitor, which TOSCO collects on behalf of the respective conservancy at the end of the financial year. In consultation with the conservancy, TOSCO supports projects that focus on mitigating human-wildlife conflict by supporting communal game guards and creating value out of wildlife for communities. To establish an official relationship, TOSCO has signed MoU’s with each conservancy that is involved in the Programme. Today, ten conservancies in the northwest of Namibia are part of the Conservation Contribution Programme, and its number is still growing.

The De-Riet information - and craft centre in Torra Conservancy is one of the projects that was made possible through funds collected by this Programme. Here, tourists can find information on how the conservancy operates and the wildlife they can find in the area, book a local guide to track desert-dwelling elephants, learn about the Riemvasmaker history and culture, and purchase refreshments and local crafts. With funds from the Conservation Contribution Programme, TOSCO also supported equipment and uniforms for game guards in Sesfontein, Puros, Tsiseb, Khoadi Hoas, Doro !Nawas, Anabeb and Ehi-Rovipuka Conservancies.