The Directorate of Scientific Services (DSS) is the scientific branch of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and as such strives to support the decision making process which underlies the fulfillment of the Ministry’s mission to maintain and rehabilitate essential ecological processes and life-support systems, to conserve biological diversity and to ensure that the utilization of natural resources is sustainable for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future, as well as for the international community”.

The DSS was established as a directorate in 2000 to provide an institutional home for essential scientific services within the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Staffed by scientists drawn from a wide range of disciplines, the DSS provides technical information and support for conservation and resource management programs throughout Namibia, through:

  • Conducting and coordinating scientific wildlife research and monitoring.
  • Providing specialist technical and scientific advice regarding conservation and resource management issues.
  • Capturing and translocating wildlife in support of protected area management, biodiversity conservation and restoration, and expansion of the wildlife resource base for rural communities.
  • Coordinating and supporting national conservation and management programs for key species of high convservation and economic value such as Rhinoceros, Elephants, Black Faced Impalas, Lions amongst others.
  • Coordinating and supporting the implementation of international agreements and conventions, such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
  • Facilitating the sustainable utilization of wildlife resources. 
  • Promoting international market access for Namibian wildlife producers.


Contact Details 

Tel: +264 284 2529