Dr Margaret Jacobsohn
For our Namibia: Guardians of the Game expedition, we shall be joined by a specialist local guide, anthropologist, environmentalist, writer and award-winning community conservation pioneer Dr Margaret Jacobsohn.
Maggie moved to Namibia in the mid-1980s to undertake anthropological and archaeological research in the north-west of the country. She never left and has since become a Namibian citizen. Maggie founded the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation NGO with Garth Owen-Smith in 1989 just before Namibia’s independence. She has been fighting against endemic illegal hunting, which has decimated species such as Black Rhinos and desert Elephants, and champions economic and social development of local populations. Through the actions of Maggie’s NGO, poaching in Namibia has been greatly reduced. In 1993 she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, an honour that recognises grassroots environmental advocates.
She spent five years living with a number of Himba and Herero lineages in the north-west in the 80s and early 90s and is regarded as family by some of the older people there.
She obtained her PhD from Cape Town University, is a published author and has written numerous articles and texts on Himba social organisation and community-based natural resource management.