Nature Conservation Amendment Bill sails through NC
22 May 2017 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 22 MAY (NAMPA) The Nature Conservation Amendment Bill was passed without amendments in the National Council (NC) on Monday.
The Bill ensures the enforcement of a maximum fine of N.dollars 10 million for the illegal hunting of specially protected species.
It provides for a proper administrative, legal and procedural framework for tourism concessions in protected areas and other State land; controlling the import and export of live game or animals; and increasing penalties for wildlife crimes.
Currently, the illegal wildlife hunting penalty is set at N.dollars 20 000 and an imprisonment period from five to 10 years.
Furthermore, the Bill replaces the current Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975 which does not fully empower the minister to award tourism concessions in protected areas and State land, nor does it make provision for the minister to regulate imports and exports of live game or wildlife.
Member of Parliament in the NC, Lukas Muha noted during the third reading of the Bill that loss of life is not covered by the Bill, adding that he would table a motion on Wednesday on the issue of loss of lives when dealing with illegal hunting and penalties thereof.
The Bill will be referred back to the National Assembly before being forwarded to President Hage Geingob to be signed, whereby it will be gazetted as a law.