Monday, June 25, 2012

Namibia wins international conservation award

Namibia has won the 2012 Markhor Award for Outstanding Conservation Performance in recognition of its exceptional wildlife conservation programme.
The award is the brainchild of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation.
The prize was jointly awarded to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resources Management Support Organisations (Nacso).
Through the award, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, “honours conservation projects that link human livelihoods with the conservation of biodiversity”.
The award is given every two years at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity, which was adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to which Namibia is a signatory.
Namibia’s winning of the award is ascribed to its sustainable game management plan, “according to which game may be harvested for trophy hunting, live capture and sale and for distribution of meat”, a statement issued by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Namibia said.
While there is increasing evidence that global and African wildlife is declining, Namibia has shown the opposite and has grown its wildlife exponentially in communal conservancy areas since independence.
“In the north-west Kunene Region, for example, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra numbers have grown from an estimated 1 000 in 1982 to around 27 000 today, and the population of the desert-adapted elephant has grown from around 150 to approximately 750 in the same period. Lions in Kunene have expanded in range and number from 20 in 1995 to an estimated 130 today, and Namibia has the world’s largest black rhino population,” WWF said.
The recovery of animals has been influenced by translocating large numbers of animals to communal conservancies, which was started in 1999. Through this programme, the Ministry of Environment has moved more than 8 300 head of game to conservancies.
Some of the wildlife moved include species such as black rhino, sable antelope, black faced impala and giraffe.
The director of WWF in Namibia, Chris Weaver, said Namibia’s nomination for the award is proof that “sustainable use of wildlife has been a strong catalyst to the recovery of wildlife in communal areas of Namibia, as participating conservancies have been quick to recognise that wildlife is more valuable alive than poached. As a result, poaching has become socially unacceptable”.
The International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation said the introduction of communal conservancies in Namibia has brought about a “paradigm shift in community attitudes towards wildlife”.
Communal conservancies in Namibia have grown from four in 1998 to 76 in 2012, covering almost 19 per cent of the country.
The income from trophy hunting in the conservancies is use to pay conservancy salaries and also places many of these organisations on a sound financial footing.
Total benefits – including income from employment, in-kind benefits, and cash – to communal conservancies between 1998 and 2010 totalled N$179,3 million.
Derived from: The Namibian
By a Staff Reporter

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New book highlights Namibias coastal treasures

SWAKOPMUND - A new book, “Namibia’s Coast; Ocean Riches and Desert Treasures,” was launched last week by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (Nacoma) project in Swakopmund.
The book was compiled over a period of six years and cost N$300 000 to print.
According to Rod Braby, the book profiles the rich heritage sites and scenery that make Namibia a unique tourist destination.
The book showcases information collected by Nacoma and other published information on the Benguela Current and the desert, highlighting the importance of where the icy waters of the South-East Atlantic connect with the burning shores of Namibia.
The objective of the Nacoma project is to improve awareness of coastal biodiversity, environmental challenges and the coastal resource value, as well as to promote and develop the concept of the Namibian Integrated Coastal Management System.
The book also seeks to improve management, understanding and appreciation of the coast by providing information to a wide audience of managers, students, tourists, entrepreneurs and the general public.
Nacoma has implemented over 400 separate awareness activities over the past years and in addition has developed a user-friendly website.
“Namibia’s Coast; Ocean Riches and Desert Treasures,” is a 192-page book of well-illustrated useful content for multiple end users. The book is produced by Raison (Research and Information Services of Namibia) and is published by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism through the Nacoma project.
Co-authors of the book are Tony Robertson, Alice Jarvis, John Mendelsohn and Ro-ger Swart. They were also responsible for the publication of the Namibian Atlas.
Sany le Roux did the design and layout.
The publication portrays the Namibian coast as a rugged, sometimes bleak and forbidden, largely uninhabited area that is a fascinating and complex mix of riches and paucity.
The warm and dry Namib Desert stands in stark contrast to the cold waters of the Benguela Current that is extremely biologically productive.
In combination, the ocean and desert provide a harsh and spectacular environment that remains largely pristine.
Complimentary books will be distributed to key coastal stakeholders such as schools, universities and local and regional councils.
The book will also be available in several bookshops around the country in due course. Proceeds from the sales will be used to reprint the book.

Derived from the: New Era
Story by Eveline de Klerk

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Namibian elephants find new home in Mexico

NINE elephants from Namibia, aged between six and ten years old, have been relocated to Mexico’s acclaimed African Safari Zoo.
For 10 months, the elephants from Namib Game Services were kept in a quarantine camp and several tests for animal diseases were conducted on the world’s largest terrestrial mammals which according to the owner, Herbert Henle, were in excellent condition.
“The elephants were tranquillised so that they could be lifted into crates and transported to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where a Boeing 777-F of Lan Cargo in the US transported them to Mexico,” Hernle told The Namibian.
After more than 40 hours in transit, the elephants finally touched down in Mexico last weekend.
During the last count of elephants in Mexico, it was established there were only 29 of the animals left in the South American country.
Describing the relocation process, the zoo’s general director Frank Camacho said: “The rescue was a very complex operation that involved six people being in Namibia for 21 days and many months of preparation before that happened. Fortunately we were able to do it.”
The Mexican zoo was competing with other animal parks from around the world for the precious elephants. Renowned for its prized conservation and education programme, the zoo beat its competition to nab all nine mammals.
“It was very complex. There were many countries who were interested in participating in this rescue and only African Safari got it. It was a race against time, as we had to do very complex logistical operations, negotiations with the governments of Namibia and Mexico. We achieved it with will power, we got the support of an airline so we could bring this large, valuable cargo,” said the zoo officials.
Henle explained that with such a operation it is vital that the right equipment is used for the loading and transporting of the animals.
“However, we have gained some experience during the last few years with the exporting of some other game species, including rhinos and giraffes.”
The nine elephants are currently under careful observation by zoo medics after their long journey. Zoo officials hope to move the mammals to a spacious elephant enclosure in the park in the near future.
African Safari Zoo is now home to one of the largest zoo populations in Latin America and with its new additions, the zoo hopes to expand its elephant population even further.

–Additional reporting by
Derived from: The Namibia
By: Jan Poolman