26 Apr 2017 09:40am
RUNDU, 26 APR (NAMPA) The establishment of a conservancy in the Musese Constituency of the Kavango West Region is at an advanced stage, said Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu.
The Musese Constituency has been identified as the most affected by marauding elephants and thus needs the status of a conservancy to ensure effective wildlife management.
As we speak, we are very much at an advanced stage and the documents are actually on the table of the minister for approval, said Nambahu during a community meeting held at the Rundu Trade Fair Centre on Tuesday.
The meeting was part of a six-day visit by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo to the Kavango East and West regions.
The process of declaring the conservancy, Nambahu said, has not been easy as the ministry experienced budget cuts which curtailed some of its operations.
Education and awareness on human-wildlife conflicts, he added, is critical.
Nambahu said his ministry earlier this year held a conference on human-wildlife conflict to review its policy on the matter and key actions were identified for implementation.
We need to apportion more resources to help victims of human-wildlife conflict, he said.
The ministry is in the process of revising other recommendations of the conference, including an insurance scheme, similar to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.
At independence in 1990, Namibia had 7 000 elephants and currently has about 22 000.
The increase in population not only affects humans sharing the environment, but is also provide poachers with opportunity.
From mid-2016 to the beginning of 2017, the Bwabwata National Park recorded 213 elephant carcasses and the death of four alleged poachers and injury of another four poachers.
Bwabwata also registered 33 criminal cases, in which 63 persons were arrested for incidences of alleged poaching.
Law enforcement officials seized 17 rifles and ammunition, while 100 elephant tusks were recovered.