Project proposal: A study of the population densities, movement patterns and land uses of oryx, springbok and mountain zebra in and around the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib Landscape (31 May 2013)

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The Greater Sossusvlei-Namib Landscape (GSNL; Figure 1) promotes collaborative management between the owners and custodians of land, both private and public, for the purpose of improved ecosystem and biodiversity management and socio-economic development (Anon. 2013). This landscape forms part of the NAMIBIA Protected Landscape Conservation Areas initiative (NAM-PLACE; www.landscapesnamibia.org), designed to conserve Namibia's biodiversity and ecosystem values and provide sustainable benefit flows at local, national and global levels, through the establishment of Protected Landscape Conservation Areas. The GSNL area is rich in arid adapted wildlife, with oryx, springbok and mountain zebra being the three most abundant ungulate species. Much of the land within and surrounding the GSNL is managed for wildlife, with the Namib-Naukluft Park, at 5 million ha, being a core component. The poor economic returns from farming (mainly small-stock) on the edge of the Namib have resulted in much of the private land in this important belt, which links the Namib to the escarpment, being converted to wildlife and tourism. A consequence of this is that many land owners have removed their internal stock fences and other farming infrastructure to create private nature reserves.

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