How might we better protect the biodiversity in Namibia by creating digital, biodiversity-based businesses in conservation landscapes and by capitalizing on the local population’s expertise and resources?
Biodiversity and conservation areas are increasingly under pressure due to climate change, poaching and human-wild-life conflicts. The economic pressure has further risen during the COVID-19 crisis, as tourism has significantly decreased and Namibians in rural areas have dramatically less income. The 16th lab of tomorrow process seeks to both provide incentives for the sustainable use of biodiversity and diversify income streams for local communities.
Please find an overview of the subchallenges below. The precisely formulated subchallenges can be viewed here.
Biodiversity is of crucial importance for Namibia. 70% of Namibians depend on biodiversity and natural resources for their livelihood. However, pressure on biodiversity, conservation areas and added economic pressure significantly reduced tourism and, therefore, dramatically lowered income for Namibians. To reduce the breakdown of income, reinforced by the negativ impact of COVID-19, the lab of tomorrow process seeks to increase incomes for the local population in rural areas through jobs that are dependent on biodiversity, strengthen the connection to "Landscape Philanthropists," which donate regularly and connect with virtual tourism products and other digital solutions.