Piloting Wildlife Credits Performance Payments in North West Namibia

Desert Lion Conservation
Grantee Community Conservation Fund of Namibia
Type Human-wildlife Coexistence
Location Namibia
Grant Amount $200,000
Duration 3 years

The LRF has already invested heavily in tackling human lion conflict in North West Namibia, but in late 2020 the fund also invested in a novel approach to incentivize coexistence between people and lions in community conservancies. Recognizing the significant cost that comes with living with lions, WWF have designed a program that rewards communities financially for living with and conserving lions. This is significant because it helps to diversify the financial incentives for conservation away from an over-reliance on tourism - and directly rewards communities for their conservation efforts. The wildlife credits program acknowledges and rewards the role of local people as custodians over lions on behalf of the world.