WINDHOEK The Omuramba ua Mbinda initiative to establish the first-ever conservancy and wildlife camp in the Omaheke Region with the same name, shifts into the next advance gear. Next week, the Governor of the region, Laura McLaud, leads a 20-member delegation on a seven-day fact-finding mission to the Kunene Region. The entourage will visit, among others, the WÃƒÆ’Ã†’Ãƒâ€ ‘ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â ‘ÃƒÆ’Ã†”Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âªreldsend Camp, Damaraland Camp and the Ananeb Conservancy where, under the guidance of officials from the IRNDC, they will gather the experiences of this instance and others in the establishment and management of conservancies and wildlife camps. The delegation comprises, among others, the Councillor for the Epukiro Constituency, Brave Tjizera, and his Otjombinde counterpart, Jeremiah Ndjoze, as well as traditional leaders from the Eiseb Block communal area in the Otjombinde Constituency as well as officials from the Ministry of Environment. The Ministry of Environment has understandably approved the venture, and one major outstanding matter is applying for funds through the National Planning Commission (NPC). The conservancy, an initiative of the inhabitants of the Epukiro and Otjombinde communal areas in the two respective constituencies in the Omaheke Region, is to be based in the Eiseb Block area. The venture started with an exploratory mission to the above mentioned areas in May this year to gather guidance and technical help from the MET, as well as to gain the support from the Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). This mission has proved that the generally-held view that the Omaheke Region does not have tourism potential, is wrong.
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