Leadership of the Kavango West Region wants some elephants in the region to be relocated to Etosha National Park

The leadership of the Kavango West Region wants some elephants in the region to be relocated to Etosha National Park due to their increase in population and as a way to minimise human-wildlife conflict.

This was mentioned at a meeting hosted by the Office of the Governor, Sirkka Ausiku, on Tuesday when they looked at solutions to control human-wildlife conflict involving different stakeholders.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Namibia Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) which manages the Mangetti cattle ranch as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF).

Speaking to Nampa on Thursday on some points of the discussions, Ausiku said the meeting was held mainly to look at possible ways of mitigating issues of human-wildlife conflict.

She said the increase in the population of elephants is contributing immensely to human-wildlife conflict, and since the region is an agricultural region it will be hard for communities to cultivate their mahangu fields when the cultivating season commences.

Source: Namibia Press Agency