The Yale Undergraduate Research Journal


Centered around Namibia’s Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) program, this analysis explores varying levels of community benefit generation across 51 of Namibia’s conservancies by comparing benefits across four conservancy subsets and using multiple linear regressions (MLRs) to examine relationships between selected conservancy characteristics and benefit generation. The statistically significant models predict that the presence of one additional major species is linked to an additional $N 1.458 in meat value per capita, $N 0.543 in conservancy wage per employee, and 0.661 in community game guard employment. While there appears to be a positive correlation between the number of species and levels of community benefit generation, gaps in data and outliers like the Uibasen Twyfelfontein conservancy highlight several additional takeaways: (a) qualitative characteristics complicate the modeling of community benefit generation, (b) there is no one-size-fits-all conservancy management plan, and (c) more reliable and accurate conservancy data is necessary for further research.