The main purpose of the NCE is to support its Members to achieve the Aspirational Objectives, to fill gaps, and to promote sound environmental management in Namibia. The NCE does not compete with its Members, neither in the area of project implementation nor in the area of fund raising. In this context, the NCE wishes to respond to the collective requirements of its Members, both in how best it could provide support to the Membership, and also how the NCE and its collective Membership should prioritise work to enhance conservation and sustainable development in Namibia.
The Objectives are implemented through eight strategic programme areas as follows.
An Internship programme is linked to the Environmental Policy Research work. Currently two interns are working under the guidance of Development Workshop Namibia. An additional two interns are working on MSc degrees at NUST out of NCE offices on wildlife census work and cavity breeding. And most recently, a PhD student has started at NCE on a human-wildlife conflict study in conservancies, together with NACSO and NUST.
A Trust Deed has been drawn up to source funding from the professionals in Namibia for bursaries to people working in the environmental sector. The focus is mainly on post-graduate studies. The Trust Deed is currently being registered with the Master of the High Court, and the main objective is to get it registered as a welfare organisation so that donations are tax deductible.