On Wednesday, April 5th, the IRDNC Advisor for Zambezi (Ms. Renee Sinden) visited the University of Namibia’s Katima Mulilo campus to speak with their 1st through 4th year students (approx. 55 total) in the School of Wildlife Management & Ecotourism. Ms Sinden was invited by the Head of Department, Dr. Ekkehard Klingelhoeffer, who asked her to speak to the students regarding The concept of Integrated Conservation and Development. This was a basic overview of the inseparability of the two concepts here in the Zambezi Region. During the presentation the students shared what natural resources are available in the region and learned why it is important to conserve and manage them wisely for future generations and sustainable livelihoods.
The students were very engaged and interested. Items of particular interest were Human Wildlife Conflict Management techniques and Namibia’s Human Wildlife Self-Reliance Scheme, as well as Waste Management issues in the region. They participated eagerly and even asked if IRDNC would be willing to return to speak on various other topics they are interested in. Dr. Klingelhoeffer agreed to have the students make a list of additional topics for future IRDNC guest lectures.