26 Jul 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) on Wednesday donated N.dollars 150 000 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to help with anti-poaching activities.
NFCPT Chief Executive Officer, Victor Pea told this agency the donation is aimed at covering the cost of production of promotional material as part of an awareness campaign on wildlife protection, human conflict management and protected area management.
Government alone cannot be tasked with the mammoth responsibility of ensuring the sustenance of our bio-diversity, said Pea.
In his speech read on his behalf during the hand over, Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau said Namibia has been experiencing unprecedented levels of poaching, which resulted in the diminishing of the countrys rhino and elephant populations.
The support by the NFCPT, according to Esau, will assist MET to among other things reduce human-wildlife conflict, enhance anti-poaching coordination, monitor and provide surveillance to poaching incidences and crime scene investigations, including seizure of wildlife products.
The minister said poaching and illegal wildlife trade are devastating populations of wildlife species throughout Africa and Namibia in particular.
Upon accepting the donation, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta expressed gratitude towards the Fisheries Ministry and the NFCPT for having demonstrated their unwavering support towards ensuring a poaching free Namibia.
Our wildlife population, in particular our rhino and elephant, are under enormous threat, with our tourism sector equally troubled by the constant poaching as the sectors contribution to Gross Domestic Product and employment are at risk.
Shifeta urged other companies to imitate what the NFCPT did to support the protection of the countrys rhino and elephant populations.
The minister promised that the donation will be used prudently in the execution of METs mandate.
I assure our stakeholders and the general public that we will not stop in our efforts to root out wildlife crime, until our wildlife is safe from poachers, Shifeta said.