Human wildlife conflict a growing concern

OMUSATI, Aug 22 – Human Wildlife conflict remains a great challenge that is faced in the country and needs to be addressed, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta said recently.
Shifeta has urged community conservancies to develop accountability and good governance for development and operation.
Shifeta said that developing accountability in conservancies is one of the most important aspects of conservancy development.
He was speaking during a meeting of the Regional Conservancy Chairpersons Forum for the north and central regions at Ongwediva.
The minister said community conservancies are expected to contribute benefits to their members through the utilization of wildlife and tourism development in their areas.
During the community meeting held on Saturday, at Onamatanga village in the Omusati region, he added that as conservancies one needs to have mechanisms in place to reduce the level of human wildlife conflict, to ensure that benefits of conservation management far outweigh the costs, and to build on the significant successes in managing human wildlife conflict.
“The Ministry of Environment and Tourism receives many complaints from some conservancies about individuals and even Conservancy Committee members misusing and misappropriating conservancy property and finances at the expense of the broader conservancy members and the community at large,” said Shiefta.
He urged people to develop conservancies as a sustainable conservation and tourism development, which rural communities can derive equitable social and economic benefits. – Maria Abraham