The Kunene Conservancies Indigenous Natural Products Trust (KCINPT) was founded in 2012 and markets its products under Scents of Namibia. Scents of Namibia brings to the world unique fragrances from the arid north-western region of Namibia. It is a wholly community owned enterprise specialising in sourcing plant products and producing essential oils. Because of the extreme environmental conditions plants in this area contain distinctive fragrances that are captured in the essential oils, which can be used as an ingredient in cosmetic formulations or for aromatherapy.
Opuwo Processing Facility (OPF) is owned by the KCINPT. The trustees are from the Commiphora wildii producing conservancies and represent the harvesters in making decisions about the enterprise. All indigenous natural products from the Kunene Conservancies are jointly marketed through KCINPT and all profits from the processing and sale of these ingredients go to the harvesters.
Only products that can be sustainably harvested are promoted and resource inventories and ongoing monitoring ensure sustainability of these resources. The KCINPT currently represents more than 800 harvesters from 8 conservancies – 6 of these are also registered community forests.
Raw Material Harvest and Collections; Essential Oil Distillation; Community Forest or Conservancy
Essential Oils; Wax
Contact Person: Karen Nott
Phone: +264 (0)81 124 6826