Regional Development Plan of Namibe (PDIN)

SINFIC, SA between 2005 - 2006
Governo da Província do Namibe (Angola)

Located on the Southwest of Angola, the Province of Namibe occupies a considerable extent of Angola´s coast, between the Province of Benguela and the northern border of Namibia. This is an area where the desert has a strong presence, particularly in the south, determining a negligible human occupation located mainly in the coast. The Provincial communications network is marked by 3 major infrastructures: the Port Namibe, the third largest port in Angola; the National Road 180, which connects to Huila; and the Moçamedes Railway (CFM), connecting to the cities of Lubango (Huila) and Menongue (Kuando Kubango).
The Provincial Development Plan provides strategies to reduce the peripheral situation of Namibe, trough the diversification of economic activities and the strengthening of referential sectors as fishing and related industry, harbor activities in the city of Namibe and finally tourism, considering as key aspects the sea and nature reserves like the Iona National Park and the Namib Desert.

SUB's imput was focused in two main areas, the urban network and the provincial built heritage: In the first case the analyses was centered on Namibe and Tombwa - main urban settlements in the province – the major restrains related to urban growth and the key aspects to approach a more balanced and sustainable development; For the built heritage, the studies addressed mainly the city Namibe. Founded in 1845, the city concentrates a large architectural and urban legacy, outstanding in Angola´s territory, facing visible signs of degradation or less careless interventions.

The studies points out the need for a thorough inventory of the assets and thus initiate processes of classification and protection, integrating these in a wider strategy that, besides embracing educational and local identity proposes, can help develop tourism on cultural level.