11 Mar 2017 10:40am
DOSA, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - Two new conservancy offices were handed over to communities of the villages of Dosa and Livayi in the Kavango East Region on Thursday.
Hompa Kassian Shiyambi of the Gciriku Traditional Authority urged the communities of the George Mukoya Conservancy at Dosa and the Muduva Nyangana Conservancy at Livayi to use the offices for the purpose it was constructed for.
We must take care of the offices, Shiyambi said through an interpreter during the event.
The buildings were constructed at a combined cost of N.dollars 3.4 million.
The chief also shared his concern about human-wildlife conflict in the area, where elephants often destroy crops and threaten the lives of the estimated 300 residents of the two conservancies.
Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu, on his part, warned that conservancies will be deregistered if they do not comply with conservation regulations, like game management planning, conducting annual general meetings and preparing annual financial reports.
Communal conservancies are self-governing democratic entities run by their members with fixed boundaries that are agreed on with adjacent conservancies, communities or land owners.
Conservancies are managed under committees elected by members of the communities.
Nambahu said conservancies are recognised, but not governed, by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga said it is good to see communities taking conservation into their own hands.
We see all the efforts to reconcile human needs, the needs for animals, as well as the need to create an income under the context of conservancy, Schlaga said at the ceremony.
The buildings have solar panels to generate electricity.
Dosa and Livayi are situated around 130 kilometres east of Rundu and are reachable by off-road vehicle only.
The construction of the offices was fully financed by German development agency, GIZ, on commission by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through its Biodiversity Management and Climate Change Project.