Restrictions of hunting trophies could harm Namibia's conservation efforts

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism says Germany's decision to restrict or ban the import of hunting trophies could harm Namibia's conservation efforts. 

Hunters from Germany and elsewhere flock to Namibia during hunting season to do trophy hunting, spending top dollar in search of a prized trophy. 

Once the animals are hunted, the taxidermists get involved to prepare the trophy before it is exported to the hunter. 

Villager's body found in Nkasa-Rupara National Park swamp

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The body of a villager from Nongozi was retrieved from a swamp in the Nkasa-Rupara National Park in the Zambezi Region on Tuesday. 

The 29-year-old  Samupwa Lubinda's body was already in a state of early decomposition when it was retrieved. 

According to a police report, Lubinda drowned during a fishing excursion with two other men in the park on Sunday.

It is alleged that when they were busy removing fish from the nets, they saw anti-poaching officials and jumped into the water.

MEFT calls urgent meeting as 28 rhinos lost to poaching

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is currently conducting an assessment to determine the extent of rhino poaching. In light of the recent poaching incidents in the park, the ministry has also requested an urgent high-level meeting with the security cluster.

To date, a total of 28 rhinos have been poached in Namibia. Out of these, 19 were poached in the Etosha National Park, while the remaining 10 were discovered during dehorning operations throughout the month of March.

NEKA holds first ever AGM

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President Nangolo Mbumba has commended the Namibian Exile Kids Association (NEKA) for continuing to be the voice of the children born in exile at the height of the liberation struggle.

Dr. Mbumba, who is also the patron of NEKA, says the association has managed to bring together members to promote the welfare and preserve the cultural heritage of the struggle through networking and information sharing.

Plans underway to make Namibia a premier destination for conferences

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Environment, Forestry, and Tourism Executive Director Teofilus Nghitila says they are working on making Namibia attractive again for international conferences and other meetings.

Nghitila made these remarks at the ministry's planning session for their quarter review and compilation of the Annual Management Plan for 2024–2025.

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism still needs to revive the tourism sector despite encouraging statistics from the sector.

Environment Ministry's policy on destruction of animal after killing a person

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, says the Ministry’s policy provides for the destruction of an animal that has killed a person. Muyunda’s remarks come after an Angolan national was fatally attacked by an elephant last night at Otjorute Village in the Ruacana area of Uukolonkadhi Conservancy.

Muyunda says the reason for the destruction of an animal that has killed a person is that such an animal may have lost fear of people, and based on its current aggression, it may cause more damage and harm. 

Minister Schlettwein advocates water reuse to tackle Kunene Region's water scarcity

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The Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, said the water reuse method is an approach that can be taken in Kunene to address the water shortage in the region.

Schlettwein said this at the joint commemoration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day in Opuwo.

Wetlands are ecosystems that contain water permanently or seasonally.

World Wetlands Day 2024 calls for attention to the interconnectedness between wetlands and various aspects of human existence.

Zambezi Regional Council prepares to host 34th Independence celebration

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The Zambezi Regional Council is ready to host the 34th Independence Celebration for the first time since independence.

Zambezi Governor, Alufea Sampofu, says all logistics have been put in place, and the established Regional Preparatory Committee is hard at work to ensure that come March 21st, it's all systems go.

The Zambezi Regional Council is ready to host about 10,000 people at the Katima Mulilo Sports Complex, and Sampofu is looking forward to hosting the guests.

Environment Ministry discourages use of plastic bags

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism continues to discourage the use of plastic bags until they are eliminated. 

This is because of their harmful impact on the environment.

In this regard, the ministry launched the 4th Sustainable Development Awards to discourage the use of plastic bags.

In 2019, the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprise made amendments to the Act, introducing an environmental levy of 50 cents on all types of plastic bags.

The Act aims to discourage the sale and use of plastic bags.

Minister Pohamba Shifeta remembers Geingob as a generous giant

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The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism has described the late President Hage Geingob as a person you could learn from every day, especially on administration matters.

Shifeta says he vividly recalls when he met the late President Geingob in 1989 at a social function in Windhoek. 

He says that although at first, he saw the late as a strict, serious, and unapproachable man, his initial thoughts were actually proven wrong when he got to know him and became a personal friend.