MET and private sector offering N.dollars 160 000 to anyone who can provide information that will lead to arrest of poachers in Namibia

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the private sector is offering N.dollars 160 000 to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of poachers in Namibia.

The MET increased its reward from N.dollars 30 000 to N.dollars 60 000, while the private sector is offering N.dollars 100 000.

The offer comes as about 60 rhinos and 23 elephants fell victim to the illegal practice since the beginning of the year countrywide.

At a media briefing yesterday, the Minister of Environment and Tourism Panama Shifted announced that the ministry has doubled its reward after N.dollars 30 000 was offered since October last year.

Another N.dollars 100 000 is also on offer from the private sector for any information that would lead to the arrest of any poachers, professional hunter and photographer Jodie Hambrecht told Nampa on the sidelines of the same meeting.

The ministry has been working with other law enforcement and conservation agencies to put strategic measures in place to stop the current poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.

The short and long-term measures involve issues of human capacity, surveillance, patrolling and detection.

SOURCE: Nampa