Living with Wildlife, a namibian example
Main language: English
Available subtitles : French and English
Length: 33 min
With the participation of: Felix Vallat, Maxi Pia Louis, Blandine Tourian & Rebecca Adams
Film Locations: Damaraland and Etosha National Park
Additional pictures: Blandine Tourain and Rachel Harris
Released on October 24 2018
In an attempt to protect species and limit the alarming loss of biodiversity, nature reserves kept completely isolated from humans are being created all around the world.
For its part, Namibia wants to take on the challenge of protecting the environment not just within its wonderful national parks but at the heart of society itself.
Fully aware that ecology can help economic and social development rather than slow it down, Namibia manages to protect growing populations of rhinoceroses, elephants and lions in complete freedom.
So how can we bring human life and wildlife protection together? The NGOs TOSCO and NACSO have completely changed the way we think and have given us different clues to help answer this question.
Why this video report?
While we originally wanted to focus on responsible tourism, thanks to TOSCO founder Félix Vallat we set off to do something much bigger.
When we first arrived in Namibia, we discovered the concept of “Conservancies”. We evaluated the difficulties of preserving the environment and biodiversity of a region and understood the similarities shared with Western countries.
Maxi, from NACSO, explained in detail the system set up in Namibia to promote both the preservation of natural resources and the social and economic development of the country. With help from the government and local communities, this group of NGOs is succeeding in promoting the conservation of wildlife species outside nature reserves and proves, as biodiversity is collapsing all over the world, that it’s possible to act differently.
Our opinion on tourism and hunting has greatly evolved, as has our vision of the links between people and their environment.
Many concepts that are particularly important to us are mentioned in this video, which really caught our attention. This experience reaffirmed our commitment to this project!
Many thanks to Félix, Maxi, Blandine and Rebecca for giving us such a warm welcome and helping us discover this magnificent country up close.
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