The Ombudsman, Advocate Basilius Dyakugha, has raised concerns on the way the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism manages wildlife conservancies in the country adding that the ministry focuses mostly on paper or theory conservation which is based on tertiary education while ignoring the needs of human beings who live in those areas. In a statement, the Ombudsman said he has been following the development of human and wildlife conflict in Namibia, particularly in the northeastern regions, and secondly, the dissatisfaction of the community who live in or near the Bwabwata National Game Park. He further states that he suspects this is happening because of misinformation or a lack of information from the line Ministry. He stated that the ministry should have come up with plans to build large man-made lakes in the park, to divert some of the animals from the river away from the community, because the human population has increased for the last 30 years and the competition to share natural resources with the animals is becoming a big challenge in that area.
Ombudsman raised concerns on the way the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism manages wildlife conservancies
by Angie Scholtz | Mar 15, 2022