Smith and Jacobsohn’s work provided support to communities wishing to form conservancies as the areas designated for wildlife use in Namibia were expanding considerably. This allows communities to earn income and rural jobs are being created via the establishment of natural resource-related enterprises. These enterprises include lucrative joint ventures between commercial tourism companies and communities, community-owned and managed rest camps and camp-sites, cultural villages for tourists and a host of related small businesses.
Perhaps the most significant development of all is that one of the first Namibian communal area conservancies, Torra, has started taking over its own natural resource management costs, using its own income. With Owen-Smith and Jacobsohn’s unwavering support, a viable communally owned business based on wildlife and generating jobs and income has started to operate in what was once a remote, marginalized rural area.
In 2010, Jacobsohn and Owen-Smith started a small safari company owned by five communal area conservancies, and currently serve as trustees of the company’s board.
Jacobsohn and the organization her and Owen-Smith founded, the IRDNC, are currently working on a community-led conservation program which provide training and jobs for local rangers and game guards whose goal is to stop rhinoceros poaching in Namibia’s Kunene region. This program is being supported by the Jewish Community Foundation and the Goldman Environmental Foundation.