Improving state protected area financing through pricing and institutional changes

Improving state protected area financing through pricing and institutional changes
GiZ, through NNF
Namibia

The second volume of the Namibia TEEB Study aimed to advance discussions on park pricing, improve the institutional arrangements surrounding Parks, and provide recommendations to determining the most appropriate park fees in Namibia.  This study provided recommendations based on the review conducted and on empirical data collected through survey based methods.  Holidaymakers were interviewed at four Namibian National Parks and at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek.  The focus of the survey was to estimate visitor willingness to pay for entrance into Namibia’s national parks and to determine the revenue maximising park fee for international, regional and national tourists.  Contingent valuation and contingent behaviour methods were used.  Based on the results from the survey, key recommendations were made for changing the pricing structure and increasing prices at parks, improving the management of visitor facilities, improving revenue collection and management, collecting rentals and royalties from all accommodation facilities and changing the institutional set-up.