The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) which began in 2012 with the objectives of: (1) providing a cadre of young conservationists within Namibia’s CBNRM programme, and (2) providing a grounding in the principles of conservation in a professional environment to graduates who will provide expertise in the conservation field within Namibia, southern Africa and beyond. The NACSO team would like to welcome and introduce the two new interns.
Justina Nangolo graduated from University of Namibia (UNAM) with an honours degree in Geo- Information science (GIS). She majored in GIS, Geography and Environmental studies with a minor in Computer studies. She was born and raised in a small remote village in Ohangwena region where she fell in love with nature from an early age. Living in an isolated area with limited access to amenities such as libraries and electricity, it was hard to learn about plants and nature which is why she decided to study GIS at UNAM to ensure that the right information is integrated and decentralised throughout the country for better informed decision making, sustainable resources management and effective service delivery. She is honoured to be an intern in the Conservation Leadership Programme and hopes this opportunity will give her a chance to learn and contribute to the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage.
Victoria Amon has a double major honours degree in Geography & Environmental studies as well as Sociology from the University of Namibia. She believes that she developed an appreciation for nature at an early age. Growing up, things such as water efficiency and keeping her environment clean have always been part of her core ethics. She is a passionate environmentalist with a special interest in water and wildlife conservation. Victoria remembers the first time she was introduced to the fascinating CBNRM concept in her final year which became one of her favourite topics. She is always keen to learn and believes the CLP internship is the right programme to give her more exposure on nature conservation and gain invaluable skills towards her career development.
We look forward to working with them in the CBNRM world.