Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2002
# of Projects 165
Total Grant Amount US$ 4,488,479
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 3,098,979
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 2,051,662

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications

This publication shows how much progress has been made in defining the goals, planning processes, funding mechanisms, and monitoring systems needed to make sustainable landscape management a reality. The case studies provide valuable examples of the COMDEKS approach and the improvements in ecosystem services, and rural productivity, income, and community empowerment that result.The publication is comprised of two parts:Part I summarizes the defining principles of the COMDEKS community-based landscape management approach, and sets out the step-by-step process used to apply the approach.Part II presents up-to-date case material for each of the ten countries participating in Phase II of the COMDEKS Programme. This material describes the target landscapes, sets the local context of environmental, social, and economic conditions and challenges; describes the participatory landscape planning process; enumerates local program activities; and reports preliminary findings. Part II ends with a short consideration of what the COMDEKS Programme has achieved, how these insights can be applied both within and beyond UNDP, and the challenges that lie ahead for the COMDEKS community-based landscape approach.

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Examples of Successful Projects
Conservation of the Kalahari Melon (Citrilus lanatus) in King Nehale Conservancy
Conservation of the Kalahari Melon (Citrilus lanatus) in King Nehale Conservancy

Goal: Conservation awareness raising and controlled harvesting of the seed
Main Activities: Provide relevant training, establish centre for harvesters/producers
Key Results: Protected globally significant species

EZY - Energy efficiency stove initiative

Goal: Development of Energy efficient stoves and awareness on renewable energy
Main Activities: Development of higher efficiency, non-toxic material, safe, emission reducing stove, train manufacturing to youth
Key Results: Significant decrease of CO2 emissions; awareness raised on energy efficiency

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Country Impact

SGP projects supported , documented and influenced:

  • At national level: 2 environmental policy development initiatives and that is on human and wild life conflict reduction policy development as well as on the climate change policy development

  • At local level: 2 managing principles on water use and timing, supporting traditional authority guidance on forest products use, 1 conservancy decision on eco tourism, 187 guiding decisions on self help group institutionalisation for food security.

Successful projects scaled up and replicated:

  • Use of micro drip irrigation and Conservation Tillage

SGP activity in figures:

  • Globally significant species protected: more that 120

  • More than 80% women involvement in all projects

  • More than a million ha of land sustainably manage

2008 - Equator Initiative Award

N≠a Jaqna Conservancy, an SGP grantee, received the prize for its work in sustainable management of endemic wildlife and natural resources and the empowerment of the !Kung San* people. Established as a conservancy in 2003, the organization trains local !Kung San as wildlife managers, committee members, and game guards. Objectives include the re-establishment of game populations and sustainable management of forest and woodlands through sound planning, management and monitoring.


Mr. Nickey //Gaseb
National Coordinator
Phone: +264 61 431 7700
Fax: +264 61 240 339
Ms. Rauna Nghatanga
Programme Assistant
Phone: +264 61 431 7700
Fax: +264 61 240 339


c/o Environmental Investment Fund Namibia , P.O. Box 28157, Auas Valley, Windhoek , Africa 9000


Award Winning Projects