This activity aims to:
1) improve the management capacity of ENP through the development of appropriate management infrastructure and staff housing and improved budget control and management of the Park;
2) benefit adjacent rural communal conservancies’ through exclusive access concessions into ENP, promotion of private sector investment into tourism establishments (and other tourism products) on communal conservancy land, and periodic assistance from the ENP road maintenance team;
3) increase tourism revenue nationally.
Consistent with the 2007 Etosha Management and Business Plans, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is keen to undertake reforms to the organizational and management structure of ENP, as well as promote improvements to the park’s infrastructure. ENP has substantial existing infrastructure which requires expensive maintenance, such as the monthly grading of tourist roads and the routine maintenance of the fences that are damaged by wildlife. Some of the existing tourism and staff facilities are old and need renovation. Finally, the ENP management plan strongly recommends that park level management and decision-making be strengthened to enable MET staff in the park to address issues that require a rapid response. MET will use the new ENP management model described in the Management and Business Plans to drive national and regional tourism development and economic growth by unlocking joint venture (JV) opportunities between the private sector and communal conservancies in the form of concessions and expanded ecotourism products. The MCA Namibia Programme will support institutional and infrastructure improvements to position ENP and Namibia to be more competitive in the regional ecotourism market through the following measures:
a. Performance targets supported by technical assistance to achieve management reform and promote investment consistent with the newly adopted ENP management and business plans.
b. Infrastructure investments in management centres and staff housing in strategic locations (in the underutilized western half of the national park) to enable MET to further develop and maintain the Park and to support conservancies adjacent to the Park. These investments will also allow MET to attract and retain dedicated senior staff that will drive improved Park management.
c. Provision of road building/maintenance and game translocation equipment for improved management of Park infrastructure, opening up of less developed areas with tourism potential to tourism use and JVs, and to provide tourism development and resource management services to adjacent conservancies.