JOHANNESBURG, 19 APR – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has allocated the biggest portion of its budget to fighting human-wildlife conflict.
Motivating MET’s N.dollars 402 064 000 share of the N.dollars 65 billion national budget for the 2018/19 financial year in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Minister Pohamba Shifeta said his ministry would establish and implement measures and strategies for the protection and conservation of wildlife to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
“Human-wildlife conflict shall be managed in a way that recognises and develops the needs of people while recognising the need for biodiversity conservation leading to a reduction in human-wildlife conflict incidents,” he said.
Shifeta said the ministry will also create long-term sustainability and proper management of a community-based natural resource management programme that benefits all people.
Other programmes for which money have been allocated are protection and management of key species and natural habitat (N.dollars 26 359 000), tourism growth development and gaming regulations (N.dollars 21 936 000), environment and natural resources protection (N.dollars 22 763 000), policy supervision and support services (N.dollars 77 965 000); and infrastructure and development, maintenance monitoring and evaluation (N.dollars 74 427 000).
A total of N.dollars 337 843 000 will be utilised as the ministry’s operational budget, while N.dollars 64 221 000 will be used for developmental purposes.