Namibia to receive highest award in conservation
His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba will be presented with the Gift to the Earth Award on behalf of Namibia during the official opening ceremony of the 10 th Adventure Travel World Summit on 29 October 2013.
The gift is awarded by the World Wildlife Fund to Presidents and Nations in recognition of conservation successes and empowerment of rural people. Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria will present Pohamba will the award.
This is the second time Namibia will be awarded the gift since Former President Sam Nujoma received it 15 years ago for the establishment of the first four communal conservancies.
At the same occasion, communal game guards in all 79 conservancies will be recipients of a major equipment donation valued at over N$ 1 million in recognition of their contribution to conservation.
The summit is scheduled to take place in Windhoek and Swakopmund from 26 to 31 October and will introduce a range of adventures as well as the country’s conservation story to leaders and influencers in the tourism industry.
At least 650 delegates will tour the country to gain a deeper understanding of what the country has to offer and are expected to visit 28 conservancies and 18 joint venture lodges.
The delegates include media from influential publications such as CNN and National Geographic Channel.
Meanwhile,one of Namibia’s most beloved musicians, Elemotho has given the go-ahead to Team Destination Namibia to use his song, Kgala!, as the official tune for the summit. He will perform the song live at the opening.
Corporate sponsorships to the summit have totalled over N$5 million with the projected benefits from the summit estimated to be N$ 51 million.
This is the first time such a summit is held on the African continent.