A passion written in the stars

The struggle and the story behind becoming a world-famous astronomer  “The best piece of business advice I have comes from Sir Richard Branson. He said: ‘Do what you love, love what you do and the rest will take care of itself – happy is the man that can work and play at the same time.’” Rob Johnstone is a happy …

Off the beaten tracks

Namibians have many reasons to be proud of our country. One example that has gained international respect and mimicry is our community-based natural resource management, or CBNRM.  Since its founding in the mid-1980’s, the CBNRM programme has become and international model for combining tourism, conservation and community development for the benefit of rural Namibians living in communal conservancies.  These communities …

Growing your own food 

Water is always a critical talking point in arid countries such as Namibia. However, many people and organisations are stepping up to share potential solutions to curbing water wastage when producing food. The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia has built aquaponic systems at several schools in Southern Namibia.  Bernadette Shalumbu explains that aquaponics produces both fish and organic vegetables in …

Wanderlust – Getting lost in the beauty of Namibia

‘Wanderlust’ is the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander; the word may be German in origin, but the feeling is universal. The impulse to explore, to push the boundaries and to challenge preconceived ideas can be realised in the calm of a Tibetan monastery, at the depths of the sea, or it can be quenched right here at home.  …

The Desert Lion Success Story

Namibia has a population of about 800 lions,  a number which was last seen between 1965 and 1980.  The most significant increase of populations has been in the Kunene Region, which saw a boost of  between 20-30 to 140-160. The rest of the lion population in Namibia is contained within national parks and smaller numbers in wildlife areas.  This interview …

The New Narrative For Rhino Conservation 

During an unconventional interview that took place under the cool shade of a mopane tree in the warm in Southern town of Khorixas, Clemence Naomab talks to MYD’s Kirsty Watermayer about the benefits of community engagement and grassroots collaboration in the fight against rhino poaching. MYD: We’ve heard about Rhino poaching and people are talking about fighting the scourge of …

Bernadette Shalumbu : Namibian Youth Voices on Water Conservation

According To Think Namibia, water’s central role in the biosphere has long implied that several of the most important challenges confronting human development are related to fresh water. This has been true for decades and will only intensify without a change in the course of human water use. If we are serious about meeting human development objectives for the coming …

Mojo Velo Journalists Share Notes on Namibian Adventure

The MYD Africa Show throwback series looks at some highlights of the most memorable interviews on the show and this episode of  MYD Earth is no different. Kirsty Watermeyer talks to the cycling journalists from Mojo Velo who have trekked from Cape Town to Addis Ababa and what their journey has meant thus far. MYD: Maybe we can start by …

Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in the Reimvasmaaker Community

The MYD Earth tour of Southern Kunene yielded one of the most insightful interviews on the show to date.  The Riemvasmaaker community lives and farms alongside wildlife and despite the challenges posed by human wildlife conflict, they remain committed to protecting and wildlife. Jantjie Rein, a member of the Community shared his experience: “We never had conservancies back then. There …

All About The Majestic Giraffe With Stephanie Fennessy 

This episode of MYD Earth features Stephanie Fennessy, Program Director at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.  A conservationist of note, Fennessy has a range of expertise in the environmental and conservation sectors and has for the past decade been involved in a wide range of giraffe projects across Africa. MYD: Let’s talk about the giraffe. Tell us a little bit about …