By Dr. Laurie Marker
In late 2015, the UN declared that 2017 would be the year of Sustainable Tourism as part of a larger Sustainable Development Agenda culminating in 2030. World leaders set 17 Sustainable Development Goals identifying the areas of focus. Many of these goals coincide with Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) efforts, especially in our efforts to promote sustainable tourism to Namibia. At CCF, we have made great strides toward goals 7, 8 and 15 in particular (seen below in the infographic from UNWTO). We are developing Affordable and Clean Energy using habitat clogging overgrown thornbush, and restoring usable land to both people and wildlife. We promote Decent Work and Economic Growth by partnering with local universities and colleges to help train Namibia’s youth for better paying jobs. We are protecting Life on Land through our many conservation focused programs that are based on scientific research done in our state of the art laboratory here in Namibia. We do all this (and much more) while welcoming visitors on a daily basis to see our work first-hand.