Reducing human-lion conflict in northwest Namibia

Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
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Grantee Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
Type Human-wildlife Coexistence
Location Namibia
Grant Amount $103,000
Duration 1 year

With the development of the successful community conservancies model in Namibia, lions have expanded significantly outside protected areas in the northwest region of the country. The lion population here now numbers approximately 120 individuals. However, over the last few years, the region has suffered a severe drought which has reduced the wildlife that lions prey upon. As a result, lions have started to take livestock more frequently, leading to severe problems for the local communities. The Lion Recovery Fund is funding a ‘Lion Ranger’ program spearheaded by the local NGO, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation. The program will help communities safeguard their livestock from lions and reduce the risk of lions being killed in retaliation for loss of livestock. Key elements to this project include the strengthening of corrals to reduce the risk of night time lion attacks, the development of early warning systems to warn communities when lions are close to their corrals, and enabling rapid responses to conflict incidences.