04 Nov 2013 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) Namibia has become a member of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC).
The CIC announced this on its website on Friday, adding that Namibia is one of the leaders in sustainable wildlife management on the African continent.
Namibia represents an example of a country empowered by conscious and sustainable conservation practices.
With about a third of its territory under conservation and an extremely rich biodiversity, Namibia has always nurtured and balanced the protection and sustainable utilisation of its wild resources.
Its communal conservancy programme has delivered outstanding conservation successes benefitting the environment, society and economy of the country, it noted.
The move follows the African Forestry and Wildlife Commissions meeting, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations here in October this year.
CIC president Bernard Lozé, CIC Director-General Tamás Marghescu and president of the CIC Policy and Law Division Jan Heino also attended that meeting.
The CIC commended and recognised Namibias conservation endeavours in 2012 at the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India by awarding her the Markhor Prize for its Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Programme.
Namibia was also the guest of honour at the 60th General Assembly of the CIC in April 2013 in Budapest, where Namibias Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, addressed the Hungarian parliament.
The CIC, with its headquarters in Hungary, has over 1 500 members in 86 countries.
It is a politically-independent advisory body, which aims to preserve wild game and hunting. To achieve this goal, the CIC is promoting the sustainable use of wildlife resources.
It also promotes, on a global scale, sustainable hunting as a tool for conservation, while building on valued traditions.