The Namibian National Parks Programme or NamParks Initiative:
The Namibian National Parks Programme or NamParks is a programme of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of the Republic of Namibia. The programme was established in 2006 and is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank. The first three phases concentrated on the Bwabwata, Khaudum, Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) national parks in North-Eastern Namibia. Each of the NamParks projects consists of 4 to 5 result areas in which different intervention measures are to be implemented.
NamParks IV Programme:
The objective of NamParks IV is to:
GOPA Worldwide Consultants, in association with LCE, were appointed to the NamParks IV Project, where LCE are responsible for the Result 1 intervention (Provision of Adequate Park Infrastructure) of the NamParks IV programme.
The existing facilities in these various parks were assessed against the needs identified by MET and the scope of the additional facilities to be provided was defined. Following approval by MET and KfW, concept designs for this infrastructure were prepared based on the standard / type designs prepared under the previous phases of the Project for the NE Parks. New standard designs were developed for the Tsau//Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park due to the coastal environment being so much different from that in the NE of Namibia (NE Parks).
Bwabwata, Mudumu, Mahango and Nkasa Rupara National Parks:
Following MET and KfW’s approval of the concept designs, detailed designs were prepared and then tender documents and specifications. LCE provided support for the tender administration and adjudication procures and are currently conducting the project management, contract administration as well as construction supervision and quality control.
Bwabwata National Park: Park entrance gate, tourist reception building, admin building, service block, vehicle store, common room, 10x 1-bedroom houses, 10x 2-bedroom houses, visitor’s ablution block and a sports field. At Susuwe, 2x 2-bedroom houses for scientists and alterations to the existing tourist reception are envisaged.
Mudumu National Park: Ranger’s office, service block, vehicle store, 2x 1-bedroom and 2x 2-bedroom houses, a park entrance gate, including office building and picnic spots. At Ngenda, a new 3-bedroom house for the Chief Warden, an extension to the existing administration office and alterations to the existing tourist reception area are planned.
Nkasa Rupara National Park: 11 flood channel crossings totalling 950 m.
Mahango National Park: New tourist reception building.
Tsau//Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park:
Infrastructure to support park management is required at Aus, Lüderitz, Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund around the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park as well as within the park itself. Following MET and KfW’s approval of the concept designs, detailed designs, tender documents and specifications are being prepared.
Aus: An office and accommodation for MET staff are required.
Lüderitz: An office and accommodation for MET staff are required. The historical Old Post Office building (1909) is to be renovated to provide the required office accommodation.
Rosh Pinah: Accommodation for MET staff is required as well as extensions to the existing office building.
Oranjemund: Accommodation for MET staff is required as well as extensions to the existing office building.
Other: Concession gates and signage are required at “Rotkopf turnoff”, the Garub turnoff and the Obib Gate, together with park signage at the Aus Park Boundary, Lüderitz peninsula (together with a park entrance gate) and Kolmanskop turnoff. Multi-stakeholder traffic monitoring gates (for conjunctive use by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Namibian Police, NamDeb and MET) are required at Sendlingsdrift and Swartkop.
Key Design Aspects:
The architectural designs appropriately match and reflect the character and aesthetics of the different environments, and represent a sense of place, being born from the landscape. These designs further consider the different climatic conditions; generally hot and dry conditions in the North East of Namibia, with windy, damp, salty and corrosive conditions near the coast in the South West of the country. Overall, the designs consider the locations and orientations of the sites and individual buildings to provide for passive heating and cooling (shaded facades in summer and exposed walls and windows to the north in winter) and natural cross ventilation, and also consider the sustainable use of local materials (avoiding unnecessary transport and the resulting emissions) and the remoteness of the locations. Solar hot water geysers and energy and water efficient fittings and fixtures are to be provided in the accommodation facilities.
Location: Bwabwata, Mudumu, Nkasa Rupara and Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Parks, respectively in the North East and South West of Namibia.
Project Value: N$ 196 million (estimated)