The Land Access and Management Activity aims to address the barriers to effective and sustainable management and use of rangeland in the NCAs.
The first Sub-Activity, Communal Land Support, will strengthen the land ownership verification and registration process towards improved land tenure in the NCAs as managed by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement (MLR). In the implementation of this Sub-Activity, MCA Namibia will work closely with MLR.
The other Sub-Activity, Community-based Rangeland & Livestock Management (CBRLM), will enhance the productivity and sustainability of land-based resources in the NCAs through the introduction and support of CBRLM practices. This activity was developed in response to the significant deterioration of rangelands and a lack of community participation in land use and natural resource management decisions. The activity builds upon the existing successful Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) movement in Namibia. In the implementation of this Sub-Activity, MCA Namibia will work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry (MAWF). The activity is focused on three key areas of performance, classified under two sub-activities:
1. The implementation of a systematic process designed to identify de facto land holdings and fences which, under the terms of the Communal Land Reform Act (CLRA, Act 5 of 2002) require applications for their verification and registration. The activity will concentrate on identifying, in a comprehensive manner, all land parcels above 20 hectares that have been enclosed with a fence, and on assisting the Communal Land Boards (CLBs) to adjudicate on the validity of these in terms of the Act in each of their respective areas;
2. The provision of technical assistance and other resources to the 6 regional CLBs, the 15 recognized TA’s in the NCA, village headmen and chiefs to support their capacity to adjudicate, allocate and administer formal land rights in the NCA and to resolve conflicts that may arise. This will include a broadly targeted communications campaign, the provision of training, material support, and the development and implementation of detailed operating systems and procedures for the CLBs, designed to enhance their land administration functions in respect to the award of leaseholds for tourism and grazing rights.
3. Training of livestock farmers through the Community-based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) practices to address the degradation of rangelands and to improve livestock and land management decision making and business best practices.