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Global Sustainability: Why Study in Namibia?

If you are passionate about the environment, consider study abroad in Namibia.  The constitutional commitment to the environment, along with exposure to fascinating environmental organizations, makes it a great fit for students interested in global sustainability issues.

Namibia’s constitution contains three key environmental clauses relevant to sustainable use of natural resources:

1) The constitution vests all natural resources in the State, unless otherwise legally owned. Thus, unless legal ownership to natural resources in a specific locality is proven, such natural resources are owned by the State;

2) The constitution stipulates that the state shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting policies which include the: “maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes and biological diversity of Namibia and utilisation of living natural  resources on a sustainable basis for the, benefits of all Namibians…”

3) The constitution requires investigation of complaints concerning “the over utilisation of living natural resources, the irrational exploitation of non-renewable resources, the degradation and destruction of ecosystems and failure to protect the beauty and character of Namibia.”

In the vein of these constitutional commitments, read on for a sampling of environmentally-related organizations and places of interest in Namibia

  • Namibia Wildlife and Resort is an organization mandated to monitor tourism and resorts in pristine protected areas
  • The Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • The Namib Desert is one of the world’s oldest and largest deserts
  • Our study center has its own permaculture garden
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kaokoland is home to the Himba, one of Namibia’s staunchly traditional tribes, a people you may be familiar with if you watched the film Babies. Kaokoland is very remote and sparsely populated due to its arid, rocky landscape.
  • There are some rivers and even waterfalls  that provide a little greenery, as well as beautiful mountain ranges throughout.