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28 October 2022
Peace Parks Foundation has the honour to announce that Mr Hifikepunye Pohamba, former president of the Republic of Namibia, has joined the Peace Parks Foundation Board of Directors. Mr Pohamba is the second former head of state on the board. The former president of Mozambique, Mr Joaquim Chissano, is vice-chairman.
Mr Pohamba served as an honorary patron of the foundation during his tenure as President of Namibia, from 2005 to 2015. President Geingob of Namibia is a current honorary patron.
In 2014, Mr Pohamba won the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The award was granted, as: ‘During the decade of Hifikepunye Pohamba’s Presidency, Namibia’s reputation has been cemented as a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights.’
Namibia has an exemplary record in conservation and is a leader in community-based natural resource management, where local people manage their own natural resources. Namibia is also the first and only country to have its entire coastline protected through a national parks network. Namibia is a partner country to the /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Iona-Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) and the Kavango Zambezi TFCA.
Werner Myburgh, CEO of Peace Parks Foundation says: ‘The foundation is deeply honoured to have such an exemplary leader serve on its board. Mr Pohamba played a key role in Namibia’s participation in transfrontier conservation development and there is much to learn from Namibia’s conservation successes. We look forward to Mr Pohamba’s guidance.’