The commercialisation project began in 2004, when research by IRDNC documented the indigenous plants used by Himba as well as traditional harvesting methods and quantities harvested.
The first commercial harvest of Commiphora resin took place in 2007 when the five conservancies holding the traditional knowledge, including the two sites where this research was conducted (Puros and Orupembe), were identified by IRDNC as potential suppliers.
Report on second commercial harvest of Commiphora wildii resin in Marienfluss, Sanitatas, Okondjombo, Puros and Orupembe conservancies, report prepared for IRDNC, Windhoek: Namibia.
Caption: Janet Matota from the IRDNC
, in front of one of the many information panels covering diverse topics from the Zambezi region.
Janet Matota has also been instrumental in organising Caprivi's first women's conference held in 2005, and, with the help of other IRDNC staff, she has trained more than 200 women in public speaking.
Yet, looking back, it is clear that a rural revolution has taken place in the sixteen years that Janet Matota has worked for IRDNC.
Author's interviews with, inter alia, Antonie Esterhuizen, IRDNC
coordinator, Kunene Region, Windhoek, 22 June 2005; Masego Madzwamudze, IUCN Botswana Country Program Director, Gaborone, June 2005; Felix Monggae, CEO of the Kalahari Conservation Society, Gaborone, 8 March 2004; Lovemore Sola, Biodiversity Program Manager, Conservation International-Botswana, Maun, 9 June 2005; Antony Turton, Environmental Scientist at CSIR-Environmentek, Pretoria, 22 June 2004; Cornelis van den Post, Staff Scientist at the Henry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center, Maun, 9 June 2005.
For Janet Matota, one of the first employees of the IRDNC
and senior facilitator in the Caprivi region, conservation projects will be successful where women are involved.
The book was written by IRDNC
staff and reviewed by external partners.
In addition, "training capacity building will enhance their entrepreneurial skills so that they can manage the craft centre themselves and make it become a sustainable and profitable enterprise," Karine Nuulimba of IRDNC