1 Conservancy Development Support Services (CDSS). Project Quarterly Report July to September 2013 . Commissioned by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation Quarterly Report July to September 2013 . Project Details Project Name: Conservancy Development Support Services Project ID: MCA-N/COM/RFP/2C02001. Project Sponsor: Commissioned by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation Team Leader: Dr Christopher Thouless Contact Details: Tel. +264-61 239945. Email: st Report Submission Date: 31 October 2013 . Cover photo: Proposed insignia for qualified game guards Helge Denker Page ii Table of Contents Abbreviations and acronyms .. iv 1 Executive summary .. 5. 2 Introduction .. 8. 3 Objectives .. 9. 4 Deliverables .. 9. 5 Task-related activities .. 9. Training .. 10. Institutional technical assistance .. 15. Business and Tourism Technical Assistance.
2 25. Business study tours and in service training .. 49. Natural Resource Management Technical Assistance .. 51. 6 Grants .. 60. 7 Other activities .. 65. Development of qualifications .. 65. Gender and 65. Monitoring and evaluation .. 66. Audits .. 67. Radio programmes .. 67. 8 Discussion .. 68. 9 Plans for Next Quarter .. 70. Institutional technical assistance .. 71. Business and tourism technical assistance .. 72. Business study tour and in service training .. 74. Natural resource management technical assistance .. 74. Page iii Abbreviations and acronyms AGM Annual general meeting AWC African Wildlife Capital ATWS Adventure Travel World Summit CBNRM Community-based natural resource management CBT Community-based tourism CDSS Conservancy Development Support Services Project CESP CBNRM Enterprise Support Programme EIF Environmental Investment Fund EHRA Elephant Human Relations Aid ENP Etosha National Park GRN Government of Republic of Namibia HWC Human wildlife conflict HWCSRS Human wildlife conflict self-reliance scheme ICEMA Integrated Community-based Ecosystem Management project IRDNC Integrated Rural Development & Nature Conservation INP Indigenous Natural Products project of MCA-N.
3 JV Joint venture KRCA Kunene Regional Conservancy Association KCS Kunene Conservancy Safaris LoE Level of effort M&E Monitoring and evaluation MCA-N Millennium Challenge Account Namibia MET Ministry of Environment & Tourism NACSO Namibia Association of CBNRM Support Organizations NATH Namibian Academy for Tourism and Hospitality NBC Namibian Broadcasting Corporation NBRI National Botanical Research Institute of Namibia NDB Namibia Development Bank NDT Namibia Development Trust NES Namibia Exclusive Safaris NNDFN Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia NORC National Opinion Research Centre NNF Namibia Nature Foundation NRM Natural resource management NRWG Natural Resource Working Group NTB Namibia Tourism Board PAYE Pay as you earn taxation SIDA Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SME Small or medium enterprise TA Technical assistance TOSCO Tourism Supporting Conservation VAT Value added tax WMUP Wildlife management & utilisation plan WWF World Wildlife Fund Inc.
4 Page iv 1 Executive summary This is the eleventh Report for the Conservancy Development Support Services (CDSS) Project, covering the period July to September 2013 . The programme is proceeding on track: CDSS provided all deliverables on time, and MCA- Namibia accepted them with only minor revisions. The Conservancy Development Support Services programme has now completed 29 of 38 planned months of operations (76%). Field activities (after approval of the inception Report ) started in May 2011 and are due to be completed in June 2014. Delivery is recorded in terms of the number of days taken in carrying out a variety of tasks ( level of effort' LoE, see table 1). Level of effort is recorded using training and technical assistance event forms', which are completed by the field partners, consultants and CDSS technical staff and filed at the CDSS offices. After submission, these forms are reviewed by CDSS, and if there are outstanding queries, minor adjustments of figures may take place.
5 Table 1, below, and Annex 1 provide details of CDSS project level of effort to date. The total percentage of level of effort delivered is 76%, compared to 76% of time elapsed. th Table 1: Status of level of effort by task at 30 September 2013 . level of planned % delivered effort 1. Institutional Training 535 764 70%. 2. Business and Tourism Enterprise Training 311 482 65%. 3. Natural Resource Management Training 373 514 73%. 4. Institutional Technical Assistance 3,022 4,288 70%. 5. Business and Tourism TA 2,868 3,776 76%. 6. Business Study Tour and In Service Training 118 103 115%. 7. NRM Technical Assistance 1,264 1,194 106%. Total 8,491 11,121 76%. CDSS activities are directed towards support for 31 conservancies. Not all sub-tasks are to be delivered to all conservancies. During the period July to September 2013 , 16 training courses were delivered (nine for institutional development, two for business and enterprise development, and five for natural resource management).
6 A. 1. total of 281 participants received the training, of which 36% were women. Highlights of the quarter include the following: start of construction of joint venture lodge at Omatendeka;. award of concession inside Etosha to King Nehale;. successful AGMs at Sanitatas, Orupembe, Iipumbu ya Tshilongo, Uukwaluudhi, N a Jaqna and Nyae Nyae;. piloting of game guard assessments;. development of draft financial sustainability plans for 14 conservancies. A total of 45 grants have been submitted, which exceeds the contractual requirement of 43 grants. Table 2. below provides details of grants submitted, signed, under implementation and completed thus far. 1. Some participants may have attended more than one course. Page 5. Table 2: Number of grants submitted, signed, under implementation and completed Number Number % of Number Number Target being submitted target signed completed implemented 2. Joint venture 12 n/a n/a 9 4 4.
7 Pre-JV 1 n/a n/a 1 1 0. 3. SME 14 n/a n/a 12 10 2. 4. Marketing 8 n/a n/a 7 1 6. Human 5. wildlife 7 8 88% 7 6 1. conflict Translocation 3 n/a n/a 3 1 2. 6. Total 45 43 100% 39 23 15. As part of the annual reporting process, data has been compiled on project indicators (see table 3). All the objective level targets were achieved and, except for new joint ventures', end of compact targets have already been achieved, and in the case of conservancy income and private sector investment significantly exceeded (highlighted in yellow in table above). All the targets for outcome level indicators were achieved, and, except for number of human wildlife conflict grants', the end of compact targets have also been exceeded. Table 3: Progress on objective and outcome level indicators Objective level indicators Target Achieved Target achieved Conservancy revenue N$32,683,273 N$41,722,338 Yes Household income n/a n/a n/a Private sector investment (N$) 33,000,000 66,846,644 Yes New joint ventures 8 10 Yes New SMEs 7 12 Yes New jobs 120 137 Yes Outcome level indicators Target Achieved Target achieved?
8 Share of revenue as benefits 23% 33% Yes 2. Grootberg, Nkasa Lupala, Sheya Shuushona, Sorri-Sorris, Omatendeka, Tsumkwe, Kavango Hunting Retreat, Etendeka, Kubunyana, Camp Chobe, Pamwag Concession Project and Kings Den 3. Grashoek, Hoada Campsite, Wuparo Craft Centre, King Fisher Bakery and Vegetables, Nyae Nyae Craft Project, Sikunga fishing reserve, Impalila fishing reserve, Opuwo processing facility visitor centre, Ngoma craft centre, Mashi craft centre, King Nehale Craft and Namushasha Cultural Village, Sanitatas Campsite and Value Addition to Wildlife Products 4. Expo 2011, branding, Chiapas, Expo 2012, Adventure Travel 2012, exchange visit to USA, marketing rurally developed craft (Omba) and Expo 2013 . 5. Nyae Nyae, Uibasen, Guarding Dogs, South Kunene, Mudumu North Complex, Torra, North Central 6. This is the total target from the contract, and is higher than the sum of the targets by category. Page 6. Human wildlife conflict grants submitted 6 7 Yes Conservancies holding successful AGMs 18 25 Yes Value of grants committed (N$) 36,017,651 62,250,009 Yes Page 7.
9 CDSS Quarterly Report July to September 2013 . 2 Introduction The Conservancy Development Support Services (CDSS) Project is funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) to the amount of US$ million and will operate from November 18, 2010 to August 30, 2014. The CDSS Project is being implemented by a consortium of Namibian NGOs, headed by the World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (WWF). Consortium partners include Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), Namibia Development Trust (NDT), Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), and the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia (NNDFN), supported by the hub team' of advisors working directly for the project. The CDSS project is one of three major MCA-N inter-related investments that are designed to take advantage of Namibia 's key tourism sector. Given a national unemployment rate of , the Namibian government recognizes that tourism can be an important generator of employment, particularly in remote rural areas where tourism enterprises frequently offer the only viable formal jobs possible.
10 Namibia has enjoyed growth in the tourism industry for most of the period since independence in 1990, but still lags behind some of its regional competitors despite an abundance of natural eco-tourism assets and relative political stability. While numbers of international tourists are modest, Namibia has the potential to become one of Africa's leading tourism economies over the next decade. The MCA-N Namibia Tourism Programme seeks to address the following three obstacles to more rapid growth in the tourism industry and to greater participation by Namibia 's rural communities in the tourism sector: Etosha National Park (ENP), the jewel that attracts tourists to Namibia , is not fully developed in terms of its tourism potential and faces management challenges relative to competing regional parks;. Namibia is relatively unknown as a tourism destination, with little diversification of source markets for long-haul international tourists; and Low levels of private investment on communal land, due to high transaction costs and difficulty in securing long-term security to land, limit benefit streams to Namibia 's formerly disadvantaged communities.