Workshop on national response to poaching on Monday

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) will host a one-day national workshop on “Stock-taking of national response to poaching” here Monday.

The working session will be a closed-door meeting at a local hotel for delegates only, says MET’s Public Relations Officer Romeo Muyunda in a media statement issued on Thursday.

Namibia’s reputation as one of the last sanctuaries for rhinos in Africa from rhino poaching syndicates, took a serious twist with nearly 20 rhinos killed by poachers since 2012. Most of the targeted rhinos were found in Namibia’s north-west areas. There has now been mounting pressure on the government to comment on these poaching instances, and what measures are in place to tackle the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Kunene Region-based Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT) announced earlier this month that an internal investigation was launched in 2014 due to possible collusion between some staff members and poachers who killed about 18 critically-endangered Kunene black rhinos since late 2012.

Force, in addition to taking appropriate internal actions,” read the SRT statement issued earlier this week.