The 4 C's: Conservation
Biodiversity is life. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem services it provides which support global needs. Conservation is a core component amongst all Long Runners. They support the sustainable use of natural resources that safeguards the integrity of the ecosphere. Activities in this dimension address issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as management of energy, water and waste, land planning and carbon impact reduction, among others.
NamibRand Nature Reserve’s biodiversity and habitats are effectively managed through active monitoring and innovative, adaptive management approaches. Today one of Southern Africa’s largest private not for profit nature reserves, it acts as a role model demonstrating holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. A healthy and functioning ecosystem is now maintained, providing a sanctuary for the fauna and flora of the land, and its human inhabitants.
Walking the talk:
The NamibRand Nature Reserve has produced tangible results including the monitoring of endangered species such as the lapped-faced vulture and assisting with the relocation of previous endemic species such as cheetah, leopard and giraffe. (read more...)
A total of 21 cheetahs and 2 leopards have successfully been released on the Reserve. Endangered and historically endemic species such as cheetah have been reintroduced with the help of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Naankuse (read more ...)
The rehabilitation of the land and reestablishment of a flourishing ecosystem took up the majority of the last 15 years. Over 1600 km of fences were removed and various farmsteads cleared of undesired infrastructure, rubble and environmental (read more ...)
Wolwedans positively contributes to the conservation of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and other likeminded conservation initiatives through financial, moral and hands-on support. Over the last 15 years our interdependent model of conservation (read more ...)
Wolwedans has come up with the innovative ‘adopt-a-fairy-circle’ concept, whereby we encourage guests and nature lovers to ‘adopt’ one of the thousands of mysterious fairy circles that are unique to the Namib Desert. The funds collected from this (read more...)
Wolwedans also supports Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) directly with philanthropic contributions such as sponsoring at least two school groups per year to participate in the environmental education programme (read more...)
Wolwedans has been committed to an eco-friendly building style from the early beginnings 16 years ago. All camps were constructed using poles, elevated wooden decks and roll-up canvas walls. Since no concrete was used during (read more...)
Wolwedans has now taken the plunge and replaced all gas fridges with low-energy Ardo Solar fridges and freezers. This helps us take bold steps in the direction of our long-term conservation objective: to run the whole Wolwedans operation solely on (read more...)
Wolwedans has launched its state of the art solar hybrid system, which is set to reduce fossil fuel consumption for power generation by 65%, setting a bold example to to the local hosipitality industry in Namibia. Wolwedans is pushing the green (read more...)
Wolwedans has recently been nominated as one of three finalists under the conservation banner for the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow awards, the winner being announced in Tokyo, Japan during April this year. Every year the World Travel (read more...)
Conservation At Large
The role and importance of conservation, and the opportunities it creates for Namibia and its people, is promoted. The Namib Desert frontiers are secured and conservation areas are extended through encouragement, cooperation and inclusion, all aimed at advancing biodiversity protection and the concept of a fence-free Namib.
Perhaps one of the most crucial contributions of Wolwedans to the Reserve is the promotion of the concept of financially viable conservation to local landowners. The aim here is to encourage landowners to stop unsustainable farming practices (read more...)