Poaching should be condemned: Nambahu

WATERBERG PLATEAU PARK: The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu has condemned the practice of poaching.

He was speaking at Waterberg in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday during an event commemorating the International Day for Biological Diversity.

The United Nations (UN) proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

The deputy minister said Namibians should use every occasion to condemn poachers, saying he does not know why they do it.

“Shame on those who do what they are doing,” he said.

Nambahu also called on Namibians to spread awareness about poaching.

“We must reject this kind of practice, and we must equally spread awareness of those who feel it is fashionable to kill these animals because of greed and selfishness,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Nambahu said Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of cheetah and free-roaming black rhino, noting that the ministry continues to record increasing numbers of species considered vulnerable or threatened in other countries, such as the African Elephant.

“The Namibian Government, with support from a range of partners, has gone to the extent of trans-locating over 10 000 head of wildlife from State-protected areas to communal conservancies,” he said.

The trans-location included rare and vulnerable species such as black rhino and black-faced impala.

The animals were trans-located from communal land to formally protected areas to offer them better protection against possible threats such as poaching.

“Today the reverse is happening. This is the ultimate demonstration that communities are trusted partners in the management of wildlife,” he explained.