Namibia to participate in IWT regional workshop

26 Jan 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) –Two representatives from Namibia will participate in a three-day workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa between 30 January and 01 February aimed at finding amicable solutions on issues related to wildlife crimes.
The workshop, which will hosted by the British High Commission, will engage regional customs officials from Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe who deal directly with aspects of wildlife crime.
Namibia will be represented by Chief Warden of Etosha National Park, Ellias Amunime and Allison Kukuri, risk management officer in the Ministry of Finance.
In a media statement availed to Nampa on Friday, British High Commission’s Political, Public Relations and Chevening Officer, Hans-Christian Mahnke indicated that the workshop will be a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Chinese State Forestry Agency and the South African Revenue Service.
Mahnke stated that the discussions will provide a platform for sharing best practice, innovation, expertise and aims to further develop regional networks that are vital to addressing the trans-boundary issue of illegal wildlife trade (IWT).
“Different components of the workshop will be led by experts from UK Border Force and Chinese State Forestry Agency, General Administration of Customs, and Northern Forestry University, who have vast experience in areas of capacity building around the globe, customs enforcement, species identification, and technical innovation in relation to IWT,” Mahnke alluded.
He further stated that the workshop is a key step towards the 2018 London IWT Conference, which will also strengthen cross-border partnerships.