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The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared by UNDP in collaboration with the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) for the project: “Integrated approach to proactive management of human-wildlife conflict and wildlife crime in hotspot landscapes in Namibia” (hereafter referred to as the Project). This is a child project under the World Bank-coordinated Global Wildlife Programme. The Project focuses on three hotspot landscapes: the North-Central Region including Etosha National Park; the North-West (or Kunene) Region; and the North-East Region including Bwabwata National Park. These three broad landscapes have a high incidence of Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) and risk of Wildlife Crime (WC), but good potential to build rural livelihoods based on a vibrant wildlife-based economy, including established Conservancies that provide active platforms for Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM).
In compliance with the UNDP policy and procedures, and in line with stakeholder engagement process, UNDP Namibia will avail the ESFM and Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP) on the website, for public disclosure. For all high-risk projects (including HWC-WC), it is also required that the Executive Summary of the Project’s social and environmental safeguards be translated into local languages. At least six main local languages are spoken within the project focal landscapes, namely: Afrikaans, Khoekogab, Otjiherero, Silozi, Oshiwambo and Khwedam.