NCIS to provide training to staff members of the newly established special anti-poaching unit

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) will provide training to staff members of the newly established special anti-poaching unit to stop the surge in the killing of rhinos and elephants in Namibia.

The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uaheka Herunga told Nampa yesterday Cabinet has given the ministry the green light to form a special unit within the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), and to approach the NCIS to provide training to these officials.

He said this will be a special unit within the MET solely dedicated to anti-poaching activities, and they need special training and equipment on how to attract such information and Cabinet authorised MET to approach NCIS to train these members.

According to Herunga, members in the unit need to acquire a proper understanding of poaching, and also how to attract information on the illegal activity.

Herunga said the army and other special forces will be deployed to patrol regions where poaching activities are on the rise such as Kavango East, Zambezi, Kunene and Erongo.

The team will monitor activities in the respective regions, gather information and organise operations to catch poachers.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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