MET launches three conservation and protected area policies for Namibia

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) recently launched three conservation and protected area policies for Namibia.

The national policies are on filming and photography in protected areas; the provision of housing in protected areas; and protected areas’ neighbours and resident communities.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, MET Permanent Secretary (PS) Simeon Negumbo said Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga launched the policies on 28 February already at Okaukuejo in the Etosha National Park.

On the national policy on filming and photography in protected areas, the PS explained that commercial filming and photography are seen as important economic activities in a sector where Namibia has strong comparative disadvantages due to its rich wildlife and scenic resources.

He said filming and photography in national parks is a major contributor to tourism development in the country, but it must be conducted in a systematic and co-ordinated manner which is sustainable and environmentally-friendly, hence the need to develop and implement this policy.

The primary purpose of the national policy for the provision of housing in protected areas is to provide a framework which governs the provision and occupation of housing in protected areas for MET staff and other employees of other institutions who may be housed in Namibia’s protected areas.

SOURCE: NAMPA