Why are concessions necessary ?

The role of protected areas in Namibia is to promote the conservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat in Namibia and the sustainable use of wildlife resources.  Concessions provide opportunities for business development in Namibia’s protected areas.  They allow visitors to Namibia’s parks access to locations that are ordinarily inaccessible.  They also diversify the range of opportunities on offer and generate additional revenue from the conservation and sensible use of Namibia’s indigenous plant and wildlife resources. 

Concession activities generally lend themselves to high value, low impact tourism activities.  The State land, including protected areas, that is potentially suitable for concession activities is located in fragile environments.  The awarding of concession rights therefore requires care so as to avoid negative impacts and to maintain the value of our landscapes, scenery, culture, historic sites and ecology. 

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