Namibia Integrated Landscape Approach for enhancing Livelihoods and Environmental Governance to eradicate poverty (NILALEG)

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 7, 2019 to August 7, 2025

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  2. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  3. 15.8 Prevent, mitigate, eradicate invasive alien species

Project ID: 5640

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Forests
  • Grasslands


  • Dryland forests
  • Savannas
  • Grazing lands

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Enabling
  • Management operation
  • Monitor inventory


  • Mainstream
  • Community engagement
  • Sustainable land management
  • Spatial monitoring/analysis
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Ecosystem services monitoring

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector
  • Youth/Children

Gender equality

  • Women's cooperatives and groups
  • Gender-responsive policies
  • Women's access to and control over resources

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  • 15.8 Prevent, mitigate, eradicate invasive alien species

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Public-private partnership
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

Project description

Brief project description: The project will work in the forest, savannah and rangeland of Namibia's northern areas to pilot an integrated landscape management approach, reducing poverty through sustainable nature-based livelihoods, protecting and restoring forests as carbon sinks, and promoting Land Degradation Neutrality. This is achieved by a strategy which develops national and regional capacity for an integrated approach to planning and managing landscapes, for monitoring spatial results in reporting on multilateral environmental agreements, and for compliance with environmental legislation (Component 1). The project works in a set of focal landscapes to demonstrate how to achieve the related and overlapping spatial targets of these MEAs, implementing the Integrated Regional Land Use Plans through fine-scale participatory land use planning and management with communities, businesses, local government and traditional authorities. This landscape-level work will enable a demonstration of the impacts of integrated landscape management for rural development and wealth creation, through sustainable land and forest management interventions on the ground with communities, and nature-based enterprise development (Component 2). Innovative financial mechanisms will be put in place for scaling up nationally (Component 3), based on capturing and sharing of lessons learnt and impact achieved through the new integrated landscape management approach (Component 4). The project draws together a wide range of stakeholders from the public sector for intragovernmental coordination, in partnership with the private sector, civil society, research organizations, and donor and technical partners, to bring about a shift in the way Namibia approaches rural development, coordinating actions to reverse environmental degradation and maximize nature-based livelihoods.

USD $11,023,744

Grant amount

USD $74,112,844

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($11,023,744)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Environment and Tourism

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