Revised policy on wildlife conflict under discussion

12 Sep 2017 19:00pm
RUNDU, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Incidences of human death due to human/wildlife conflict could be compensated N.dollars 100 000 if Cabinet approves the revised National Policy on Human/Wildlife Conflict Management.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) proposed the increase from the current compensation of N.dollars 5 000, said MET Deputy Director of Wildlife Management, Colgar Sikopo.
“These payments are in cases where a person is killed by a wild animal as long as such incidents meet the criteria,” he told Nampa on the side-lines of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Bill Stakeholders Consultation meeting here on Monday.
He said alcohol-related deaths will be taken into consideration.
The deputy director said the revised policy on national human/wildlife conflict management is yet to be approved by Cabinet.
The policy covers human deaths, injuries, livestock and crop damages by wildlife.
MET Public Relations Officer, Romeo Muyunda told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday the ministry is proposing increased payments under the policy’s self-reliance scheme after complaints that current compensation is not adequate compared to losses people experience.
Muyunda, however, warned people not to get excited about proposed amounts as it might not be approved.
“At this stage, we cannot share proposed amounts and detailed information as this might change anytime,” he explained.
Governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirkka Ausiku who attended the consultation workshop, told Nampa the feeling that emanated from the workshop was that more consultations are needed on the proposed payments.
“You cannot put value to a human being. Thus whatever the ministry is doing they have to do proper consultation,” Ausiku said.
(NAMPA)
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