Who we are

Namibian Coastline
Namibian Coastline

The Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) Project was officially launched in March 2006. NACOMA was funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), implemented by the GRN and the World Bank on behalf of GEF.

NACOMA is part of the GRN’s strategy to promote sustainable economic development in the coastal zone and address its local, regional, national and global environmental responsibilities. Designed to run parallel with Namibia's decentralization process. NACOMA is tasked to pave way for an Integrated Coastal Zone Management sytem for the Namibian Coast.

Mission and Objective

NACOMA’s mission is to conserve, use sustainably and mainstream the biodiversity in coastal and marine ecosystems of the Namibian Coast for future generations.

Our objective is to promote conservation of the coast; its natural resources and its biodiversity in harmony with sustainable development through the implementation of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management System for Namibia’s coast.

NACOMA 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. Our hope is 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.

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 environmental awareness.

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


The NACOMA Project was launched in 2006 as part of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, acting on behalf of  the Government of the Republic of Namibia. The Government of the Republic of Namibia, alongside the Global Environmental Facility...

Stakeholders & Partners

NACOMA has a very diverse stakeholder base inclusive of Line Ministries (LMs), Regional Councils (RCs), Local Authorities (LAs), civil society, sectoral stakeholders (e.g. aquaculture, tourism, mining, etc.) and support organisations (i.e. academi...

Our Team

NACOMA has a vibrant and dedicated team made up of experienced experts as well as young graduates.


Policy Legal Working Group The ICZM Policy and Legal Working Group was established to facilitate the development process for the Coastal Vision and the Namibia Coastal...

Contact Us

Want to find out more about NACOMA? Use our online contact form to submit an enquiry or question to the NACOMA team. Click on the link below for more information.

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