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Shell supporting the Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area

16 Dec 2014 | News

Namibia Nature Foundation is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Shell Namibia Upstream B.V

On Friday the 12th of December the Namibia Nature Foundation signed a sponsorship agreement with Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. to fund marine conservation activities out of Luderitz.

The focus will be on Namibia’s first marine protected area, the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA) which was proclaimed in 2009 by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The NIMPA covers nearly 1 million ha, making it one of the largest marine protected areas in the world (and the largest in Africa).

Heavisde's Dolphin

The activities will include piloting marine education activities with local schools and providing additional and much needed support for ongoing coastal monitoring activities. This monitoring covers important sea-birds such as penguins and cormorants and also marine mammals such as Heaviside’s Dolphins and even jellyfish and plankton presence.

This initial project will run for 6 months, starting in January 2015.