WINDHOEK, 30 JUN – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) will on Monday will launch a revised human-wildlife conflict national policy.
According to a statement issued on Friday by the ministry’s spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, human-wildlife conflict has become more frequent over the years, with communities and farmers expressing concern over the situation.
“Due to the fast-growing human wildlife conflict, the ministry has revised the 2009 human wildlife conflict national policy,” said the statement.
He added that the revised policy will look at new strategies to better address the management of human-wildlife conflict.
He noted that the prolonged drought situations experienced in the country in the past years has led to the reduction of prey numbers, resulting in wild animals targeting livestock.
“Hence the need for the revised policy as rural communities where wildlife exists are vulnerable to human-wildlife conflict such as loss of livestock, crops, infrastructure and in some cases human lives,” he said.