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Our general awareness programme focuses on environmental integration - seeking to integrate environmental concerns into all aspects of human activity - through the dissemination of information.
Current activities include:

World Giraffe day in action

Held on Tuesday 21 June 2016l by Dr Julian Fennesy.
On the World Giraffe Day - 21 June 2015, GCF launched a targeted fundraising campaign: Operation Twiga was initiated to help save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe in the wild. It was put into action in Uganda in January 2016, where 18 giraffe crossed the Nile to populate a new area within Murchison Falls National Park in an joined initiative of Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, GCF and many other partners who active helped with its implementation.

NEWS TALK - Desert Bats:
Untangling the Namib’s Secrets

Held on 19 April by Theresa Laverty and Angela Curtis who shared their findings on the secret lives of Namib bats.

NEWS TALK - Environmental Education on Wheels

Held on 9 March by Corris Kaapehi, Maria Johannes, Tauno Iipinge and Benson Miramba introducde the latest EduVenture outreach project - the OMBOMBO MOBILE CLASS ROOM.

NEWS awareness talk at St Paul school

On the 12th of February, I presented with Andri Marais from the ‘Save our Trees for a greener future’ initiative, the first awareness talk for 2016 to the grade 7 at St. Pauls school.
Firstly, NEWS was introduced on who we are, our mission and what we do and planned for 2016. One of the aims this year is to create awareness and engage with the youth of our country.
Andri then gave a very interesting and informative talk on the protected and indigenous trees of Namibia as well as the invasive plants.
The student received leaflets covering the trees species protected under Namibian law and invasive plant species. It was so empowering to see the response of the student and to witness their knowledge on environment.
The interactive talk was a delight and we had loads of fun.
Thank you Mrs Bolton and Mrs Naude, teachers of the grade 7 class for making this talk possible.
Frauke Kreitz

NEWS at St PaulsNEWS at St Pauls

Leon safes our trees for a greener future

Leon Boye from WML Consulting Engineers, published easy reference guides creating awareness on the impact development has on trees.
This is for everyone, from corporate institutions, civil like contractors, engineers and more.
Download here the 5 publications:

  • Acacia savanna
  • Broad-leaved savanna
  • Desert and karoo
  • Invasive alien
  • LATEST NEWS TALK - Make your observations count!

    Namibia’s new Mammal Atlas was presented by Chris Brown and Alice Jarvis. A new and exciting project has been started to collect distribution records of mammals in Namibia.
    It is Namibia’s online one-stop-shop for public environmental information. You can access it at
    Holger Kolberg introduced the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 and how to do a Bird survey and post it on their website. Download here on 'How to do a bird survvey'. It is fun - get going.
    SASSCAL is the REGIONAL driver for innovation and knowledge exchange to enhance adaptive land use and sustainable economic development in Southern Africa under global change conditions.
    Erik Voges based in Namibia introduced their newest online presence More exiting news is that SASSCAL has a rainfall app where your daily and past rainfall and temperatures can easily be uploaded.
    NEWS urges every citizen in Namibia USE THE ATLAS and APPS. Its loads of fun and at the same time it is a help for EIS and SASSCAL builing up their database.

    Disposal of hazardous waste

    To date the NEWS office had been a drop off point for old household batteries in an effort to assist the public, but there was no way of safely disposing of these bins with old batteries.
    NEWS then approached The Recycle Namibia Forum to assist in this matter, who in turn took up the matter with the City of Windhoek in an effort to remove these bins and safely dispose of its contents.
    After consultation the City of Windhoek informed us, via the Recycle Namibia Forum, that their Management have agreed to put up collection points for fluorescent tubes and car/household batteries at all waste transfer stations, and the customer care centers of City of Windhoek. The Section Engineer is working on a plan to rollout this project, and will advise of the date of the implementation of these collection points. NEWS will therefore no longer be a drop off point.
    The bins at NEWS were consequently removed by the City of Windhoek and dumped at the hazardous landfill site outside Windhoek.


    Disposal of hazardous wast

    CALL for articles for Roan News Magazine

    It is time for ROAN News Magazine to publish another General Issue on the Namibian environment, natural history, environmental issues and other developments and projects concerning the natural beauty, diversity, culture or research findings of Namibia.
    It is time for ROAN News Magazine to publish another General Issue on the Namibian environment, natural history, environmental issues and other developments and projects concerning the natural beauty, diversity, culture or research findings of Namibia.
    We would greatly appreciate your contribution and our readers will too!

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    Guidelines for authors
    As a general guide the articles should be approximately 800-1200 words in length. They should be aimed at the general reader with an interest in natural history, applied science and research and the environment of Namibia. The use of colour photographs, maps, graghs and other figures to illustrate your text is encouraged.
    Text and captions should be submitted in MS Word format (Arial, font size 12, 1.15 spacing). Illustrative material should be submitted separately, each in its original format (jpg, tif or similar bitmap format; xls is acceptable for graphs and charts). Photos should be high resolution (300 dpi or higher). Photographers, artists and sources should be credited. Authors should be listed in the order in which they should appear; postal and other contact addresses (such as email) should be provided.
    To ensure your article is considered for publication in the General Issue of Roan News 2015 or early 2016, please submit your article to Martina Kusters, Roan News editor, by 15 October.



    Giraffe Conservation Foundation

    on 03 September 2015 presented by Julian Fenessey. "It's a war out there! Saving Africa's forgotten giants"
    Giraffe numbers have dropped rapidly across the African continent over the past decade and a half - and the world has taken little notice.
    Even recognised conservationists are surprised when they hear that there are more than 6 times the number of African elephant than giraffe. Julian talked about Giraffe Conservation Foundation's recent efforts to better understand and conserve giraffe in the war stricken areas of Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, and the recovery of Uganda's forgotten Kidepo Valley National Park following the historical insurgence of the Lords Resistance Army.


    NEWS on Radio

    Listen to John Pallet's talks on birds and powerlines


    ISAP (Intelligence Support Against Poaching)

    on 28 July 2015 presented by Fritz Kaufmann .


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    ISAP Namibia is a SECTION 21 Registered Company.

    It is a non profit organization that aims at creating awareness and support against poaching in Namibia . The ISAP app has been developed for the general Namibian public as well as specialized conservation and similarly focused organizations, to report on suspicious activities concerning poaching and other environmental issues – IN REAL TIME.

    This Application is available to all - via Smartphone - on a Gratis basis. This enables the public to be the frontline in reporting poaching and environmental issues & abuse, to a central control room.


    NEWS - on radio

    Listen to John Pallet's talk on HitRadio
    First talk - Birds and powerlines
    Second talk - Birds and powerlines

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    It is good to know that this kind of hunting is the vision of NAPHA: hunting as part of nature, an ancient human activity, where the animal has a fair chance against the hunter, who stalks on foot and has to know and understand his prey in order to succeed, who kills painlessly and quick those animals he will later eat, who has respect for his prey and who kills only to have hunted, instead of hunting to kill. Is this kind of hunting the reality?

    This question was not answered on that evening.

    Whereas NAPHA members may follow this vision, for which they have to be commended, there are excesses in trophy hunting that make many people think otherwise: That only greed and bloodlust dominate the hunting scene. As Mr. Denker says, money brings out the worst in people, hunting is no exception. And there is money in hunting. Luckily, excesses like canned hunting are forbidden in Namibia and will remain so. As Mr. Denker said, there is nothing we can learn from other countries here.

    It was also discussed that trophy hunting contributes to conservation by giving a value to animals and land that would otherwise be used differently. If an oryx brings no money, the farmer will probably replace it with a cow. And predators are nothing but a nuisance then. Photographic tourism is not possible everywhere.

    So there are pros and cons to trophy hunting that cannot all be discussed here,. You can read Mr. Denker’s full speech and give us your comments.

    Click here to download it.

    What we all need to keep in mind is:

    • Species disappear all over the world because of OUR lifestyle. Human expansion and associated activities like intensive agriculture and roads and traffic are the biggest killers of wildlife
    • Because of this wild animals have no place to go. Even the last strongholds are continuously being pushed back, leading to more conflict in which usually the animals loose out.
    • Many children think meat comes from the supermarket. Humans have lost connection with nature.
    • Industrial meat production is immensely cruel and detrimental to the environment.

    Whereas trophy hunting for sure has aspects that need to be condemned and changed or abolished, we should not use it as a scapegoat in order not to tackle pressing issues elsewhere. To save the wild animals and the nature we love, we all must rethink our ways completely.

    Roan News - Environmental Magazine

    NEWS publishes a biannual environmental magazine, named after the roan antelope, a rare species that is of conservation concern in Namibia and is the logo of NEWS.

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    Our magazine strives to broaden environmental awareness and inform the public on pertinent environmental issues by publishing a wide variety of illustrated articles on current affairs, research and conservation projects, and general natural history.

    Roan News is sold at retail outlets, displayed at tourism enterprises and posted to all NEWS members and partners. The magazine is printed in full colour throughout and illustrated with numerous attractive and informative photographs. It is usually 48 pages in extent and has a current print-run of 750 copies per issue. Authors include well-known Namibian and international scientists and environmentalists, while well-known photographers regularly contribute images.


    NEWS publishes an electronic newsletter every second month, featuring current activities and issues.
    Latest 2016/7 NEWSLETTERS:
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    Click here to view the 2015 newsletters
    Click here to download the 2014 newsletters
    Click here to download the 2013 newsletters

    NEWS aims to:

    • Integrate environmental concerns into all relevant aspects of human activity and advance broad community participation in conservation
    • Promote sustainable living and development, and passion for a healthy environment
    • Seek positive dialogue and constructive co-operation with stakeholders to enhance activities, improve policies, laws and decision-making and promote sustainable living and development
    • Suggest feasible alternatives to avoid environmental degradation
    • Contextualise local issues within the national, regional and global framework
    • Collect and disseminate environmental information
    • Monitor, and report on, environmental issues and developments
    • Provide an accessible forum for environmental dialogue
    • Create broad public awareness through regular media coverage and high-profile activities

    The NEWS office is situated in:

    76/78 Frans Indongo Street | Windhoek

    Reach NEWS by post:

    3508 I Windhoek I Namibia

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