Baseline Report for Integrated Land-use planning (IRLUP) Zambezi Region, Namibia (Baseline Report โ€“ Volume 1)

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The Zambezi Integrated Regional Land-use Plan (IRLUP) is one of five land-use plans based on the new modelling process adopted by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement (MLR). One of the main objectives of an IRLUP is to find the land use that is most sustainable for a region, in terms of both environmental and economic sustainability. The various advantages and disadvantages of land use needs to be weighed against factors such as environmental protection and economic growth. Ultimately, the land use should bring benefits to the people living in the region. A land use bringing perceived benefits to the people of the region might not always be the best land use in terms of sustainability, thereby an equal balance needs to be found when assessing the most suitable land use for an area. The subsistence livestock farming, cropping, and fishing remains the most important contributors to the subsistence livelihood income for residents of the region. A second important and growing economy is from conservancy benefits, devil's claw harvesting, fishing, collection and sale of grass and reeds and income from tourism enterprises and spin-off industries from these tourism activities. Combined with the growth potential in the tourism industry, the region also has economic potential in the trade sector, due to its excellent location with Southern African Development Community (SADC) neighbours. The importance of infrastructure corridors such as the Trans-Caprivi Highway will continue to grow, giving the region an ideal advantage. The region has three potential focal target areas linked with the fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4).

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