NAMIBIA PROPOSES TOTAL BAN ON PLASTIC IN GAME PARKS

WINDHOEK, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu has proposed a total ban on plastics in Namibia's game parks.

Seaking at the Nkasa Rupara National Game Park in Zambezi Region (Province), where he inaugurated 19 houses and office facilities for game rangers inside the park on Wednesday, he urged communities in and around the park to avoid dumping plastic in the area, as it is considered home to a high concentration of wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, impalas, giraffes and kudus which might accidentally eat it.

The deputy minister said game parks are essential as they bring into the country foreign currency through tourism and trophy hunting. "We have to keep our parks clean and this exercise must be started now by banning all plastic from entering the game parks," he said.

He explained that plastic items such as bags and bottles make the parks dirty, which may deter tourists from visiting them.

The park is situated in the Judea Lyaboloma Constituency, about 140 kilometres southeast of Katima Mulilo.

Nambahu appealed to game wardens to be on alert and redouble their efforts against poaching in the area, explaining that if elephants, for instance, feel safe, their population will increase. However, this might attract more poaching.

Nambahu said Namibia has a population of more than 22,000 elephants and 14,000 of them are found in Zambezi Region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK