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.