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What is NACOMA?




The Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (NACOMA) is a 5 year project that was officially launched in March 2006. NACOMA is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN). It is being implemented by the GRN (through National Planning Commission) and the World Bank on behalf of GEF.

The NACOMA project is part of the GRNís strategy to promote sustainable economic development in the coastal zone and address its local, regional, national and global environmental responsibilities.

The project is designed to run parallel with Namibia's decentralization process, which aims to transfer more responsibility and authority to the Regional Councils and Local Authorities.

A second phase of the NACOMA project is under consideration.




The NACOMA Projectís Global and Project Development Objective is to strengthen conservation, sustainable use and mainstreaming of biodiversity in coastal and marine ecosystems in Namibia.

The project will support the Namibian Government through Regional Councils, Local Authorities and Line Ministries by putting in place a coastal zone management system for sustainable development of the coast, while working to conserve the unique environment and biodiversity of Namibia's coast.

Consequently, the project hopes to address the root causes of biodiversity loss and coastal degradation and to sustain the environmental and economic potential of the coast. This will be made possible by mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the environment into coastal policy and legislative framework, by contributing to institutional and technical capacity, and by supporting targeted investment in biodiversity conservation in critical coastal ecosystems.


Over the life of the project, NACOMA will:

  • Enable Namibians to agree on a common vision for sustainable management and conservation of their coast;
  • Develop and support the implementation of the Namibian Coastal Zone Management White Paper;
  • Support the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework for coastal zone development planning;
  • Develop enabling environmental policies, planning framework and strategies;
  • Harmonize institutional mandates and roles on coastal zone management and development;
  • Provide required training and practical skills to key stakeholders responsible for coastal zone management and development;
  • Increase funding towards environmental management; and
  • Improve awareness of environmental problems and the coastal value.

The end result of the NACOMA project will be the development of an effective and efficient Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) system for Namibia.


Download the NACOMA brochure:

NACOMA brochure - March 2006

NACOMA brochure - June 2010

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