Monday, August 19, 2013
Solving Human Wildlife Conflict
Solving Human Wildlife Conflict By Hilma Hashange, Namibia Economist 16 August 2013 To reduce incidents of human wildlife conflict in Namibia's national parks, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism through its Namibian Parks (NamParks) programme is implementing various park management activities such as the Human Wildlife Conflict Self-Reliance Scheme in areas most affected by the phenomenon.
The increasing wildlife number in both the Zambezi and Kunene Regions have dramatically increased over the past 20 years and despite the associated benefits, living alongside wildlife is proving to be costly for communities living inside national parks and conservancies. Human Wildlife Conflict incidents have continued to rise and a total of 7738 cases of livestock losses, crop damage and attacks on humans where reported in 2010 alone.
Communities in affected conservancies have thus established innovative ways to combat Human Wildlife Conflict and have joined forces with the private sector and other NGOs. Nineteen conservancies have registered to form part of the scheme and received N$60,000 each as part of the start up capital. READ MORE