Maxi Pia Louis discussing Community Hunting Tourism in Namibia on Leading Britain's Conversations (LBC)

Beneath the Baobab: Supporting Communities to Lead Conservation – Elephants and Ecotourism

In Beneath the Baobab from Jamma International, wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan hosts cutting-edge conversations about conservation work led by communities around the world.

In this series learn about Community Based Natural Resources Management, hear from indigenous peoples who are exercising their rights to do innovative work as custodians of resources for generations, then find out how they’ve developed work schemes, governance and management systems that allow them to place a high value on wildlife and build the economic case for conservation. The future for wildlife and endangered species can be positive, if we are all prepared to listen. Join Gordon and his guests Beneath the Baobab for stories of hope as well as brilliant, radical and innovative ideas for solving the problems faced by humans and wildlife.

Episode 1 Guests: Maxi Pia Louis and Lorna Dax

Synopsis: In the first episode of Beneath the Baobab, Gordon Buchanan chats with Maxi Pia Louis, Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO) to find out what Community Based Natural Resource Management is. Namibian-born Maxi’s passion for people and wildlife has driven her to look for better conservation solutions in the face of climate change and increasing economic pressure. She explains how studying abroad and being a student during the Apartheid years has inspired her work to create positive change for nature and to protect and champion human rights. Maxi also tells how inspiring eco-tourism schemes and changes to governance have supported successful CBNRM movements across sub-Saharan Africa, and shares her hopes for a future beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Interviews on CBNRM on NBC Radio

A series of radio recorded audios on CBNRM that CCFN has sponsored, airing on NBC radio every Thursday at 9am from 2nd February 2021. The programmes provide information on CCFN and on many topics relating to CBNRM in Namibia.

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Trophy Hunting with Maxi Louis, Lorna Dax & John Mwilima

Into The Wild podcast, August 16 2020: This week's show is very exciting & important for so many reasons. So let's explain. This is a first for Into The Wild. This is our first ever panel show recorded with 3 guests over zoom. Not only a first for us though, it's a first for the UK & likely, many other western countries. As we are discussing the topic of trophy hunting...."But that's been done Ryan?" Yeah, I know, but to my knowledge, never has this chat taken place while purely chatting to the people it directly affects. 3 local, key wildlife & community workers of Namibia. These people are, Maxi Louis, who has over 22 years of experience working with communities in conservation. John Mwilima, a member & advisor of the Banumu conservancy. And finally, Lorna Dax manager of the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy.

Maxi Louis, NACSO and Liz Curtis, Distell on 99fm: Amarula is joining forces with Wildlife Credits

Amarula is joining forces with Wildlife Credits, an innovative conservation initiative that rewards communities who are actively protecting and conserving wildlife and its habitat. This is cutting edge conservation, where funding is paid directly to communities for measurable conservation results. The ground-breaking partnership is being launched between Amarula, Wildlife Credits and members of the Sobbe Conservancy in Namibia's Zambezi Region who have been proactively protecting a wildlife corridor that is critical to elephant movements between Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Zambia.

This is the community's choice, one that doesn't come lightly considering what hardships elephants can bring to rural farming communities, but one that will help to ensure the protection of elephants now and for generations to come.

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Maxi Louis on 99fm: Supporting the Communities to Protect Namibian Wildlife

The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO), is the support body for Namibia’s internationally acclaimed approach to conservation; the communal conservancy program.

“Poaching is putting severe strain on our resources. We now have to find other resources to fight poaching. It is one of our biggest challenges at the moment. You ask how we are addressing it, and we believe that our biggest weapon is the people themselves. People live with wildlife and a lot of our wildlife is in communal areas.”

In this episode of the MYD Earth Show, we speak to one of the directors of NASCO, Maxi Louis, about Namibia’s communal conservancy programs and the real beneficiaries of these programs.

“We forget that one of the biggest threats we have at the moment is habitat loss and human encroachment on habitat. These are challenges we face, not only in Namibia but all over the world.”

In this MYD Earth podcast we find out:

  • About the 82 conservancies in Namibia and how they have been set up
  • How in communal areas things need to integrated to succeed
  • The process of how quotas are allocated and who benefits from hunting quotas
  • The buy in of the community to protecting our wildlife

Take a listen to the MYD Earth Show with Maxi Louis the Director at NACSO: