Client: Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism: Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks, Namibia
Proposed developments/upgrades of park management infrastructure in the Coastal Parks of Namibia (NamParks V).
The Namibia National Parks Programme (NamParks) is a government development programme executed by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) and co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany. NamParks is a collective park management and development strategy aimed to maximise benefits from the Parks within local communities and to enhance relations within the transboundary communities.
The current NamParks V phase is focussed on Namibia’s Coastal Parks in line with the objective which states: “Coastal Parks and their support zones are sustainably managed and fair access to their natural resources is ensured thus contributing to biodiversity conservation and improved living conditions of the neighbouring communities”.
The Coastal Parks comprising the NamParks V project include the Skeleton National Coast Park, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Dorob National Park, Namib Naukluft National Park and Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park. Several upgrades/developments and interventions have been proposed at the Ugabmund, Mowe Bay, Springbokwasser, Cape Cross Seal Reserve and Sesriem Stations as well as at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre.
SLR Environmental Consulting (Namibia) (Pty) Limited has been appointed to undertake the required EIA process. Parallel applications for Environmental Clearance Certificates (ECC) of the listed activities have been submitted to the MEFT: DEAF for each of the six stations.
This draft version of the EIA Scoping Report has been made available for a 21-day comment period on SLR’s website from 6 November 2020. It provides an opportunity for Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) to comment on any aspect of the proposed project and the findings of the EIA process to date.
Copies of the EIA Scoping report are available below and in hard copy at the MEFT offices at each Station. Electronic copies (email/compact disk) can be requested from SLR, at the contact details provided.