Enhancing Conservation Capacity
As GCF is based in Namibia it is only natural that we are involved in key conservation and development aspects beyond giraffe conservation in the country. Environmental education (EE) and capacity enhancement in conservation are close to our hearts and our priorities across the continent. GCF works with three different age groups to encourage young Namibians to become passionate about conservation, enhance skills and most importantly, protecting giraffe.
- To engage young children in conservation and encourage a positive and caring attitude for their natural environment we developed the Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) for primary school children, which is proving very popular with over 2,000 participating primary school students per year.
- To reach secondary/high school students we joined forces with one of the country’s leading EE experts. The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) provided technical support during the development of KEEP and have now included a dedicated giraffe focused activity into their 5-day high school programme. GCF sponsors numerous high school groups to participate in the NaDEET programme and provides additional core support to the organisation.
- To take giraffe conservation to industry, we have partnered up with the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST). GCF hosts a steady flow of interns to gain valuable work experience and increase their skill levels by supervising their projects. GCF also acts in an advisory and supervisory role to NUST in the Department of Nature Conservation and in developing of their new higher degrees.