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Four men arrested for poaching in Sibbinda Constituency

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The Ministry of Environment's Anti-Poaching Unit has apprehended four men in the early hours of today near Lusu Village in Sibbinda Constituency, Zambezi Region, for illegal possession of wildlife products.

The four men, all Namibians, were found in possession of two carcasses of wildebeests and one of a buffalo.

The unit also confiscated three hunting rifles that were found in their possession and impounded their vehicle.

It is reported that the animals were poached in the Lake Lyambezi basin.

Hippos stranded in Chobe-Linyanti River

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Hundreds of hippos are stranded and trapped in the mud waters along the Chobe and Linyanti rivers in the Zambezi Region.

The river received low rainfall this year compared to previous years.

Most parts of the Chobe and Linyanti rivers bordering Botswana and Namibia's Zambezi Region have started drying up due to insufficient rainfall.

In previous years, the Chobe River got inflows of flood water; this year, the situation is different. 

Environment Ministry to renovate Etosha and Hardap National Parks

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is expected to spend about N$47 million on renovating entrance gates and sanitation facilities at the Etosha and Hardap National Parks. 

The gates receiving face lifts are the Anderson, Von Lindqeuist, and King Nehale Lya Mpingana gates. 

Additionally, eight sanitation facilities at the park will also be upgraded to "comfort stops," comprising toilets, picnic areas, information displays, viewing platforms, and adequate parking areas. 

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. 

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. 

Over 1000 applications for Environmental Clearance Certificates received

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism has recorded 85% compliance with the provisions of the Environmental Management Act.

Executive Director Teofilus Nghitila says a total of 1,600 applications for Environmental Clearance Certificates were received during 2022–2023.

The Environmental Management Act was enacted to ensure the protection of the environment.

The Act identified a number of activities that have the potential to harm the environment and therefore cannot be undertaken without an environmental clearance certificate.

Khwe community frustrated with slow pace of leadership recognition

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The Khwe community living in Bwabwata National Park is frustrated with the government for taking so long to recognise its traditional leadership.

The community has been trying for the past 26 years to have its leadership recognised.

 
It's an issue that has been dragging on for more than two decades.

The Khwe say the lack of traditional representation means they have lost their dignity on top of having already lost their ancestral land.

Abandoned Environment Ministry office in Kavango East Region dilapidated

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An office building that was constructed five years ago to accommodate staff members of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism in the Kavango East Region's Mukwe Constituency is yet to be occupied.

The building is now dilapidated.

The office was constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reform before it was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The staff for whom the building was constructed are currently accommodated at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Office in Divundu.

Standard Bank to hold Biomass Fair 2023

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The Standard Bank will hold a Biomass Fair 2023 from September 7 to September 9 at Okahandja.

The fair aims to promote the booming biomass sector in Namibia.

Bush biomass is organic matter that is from the bush and can be used for value chains such as energy, production, and bush feeds.

The CEO of Namibia Biomass Industry Group, Progress Kashandula, says Namibia is impacted by bush encroachment, and when approached correctly, it can lead to increased livestock production, groundwater recharge, employment, and biodiversity.

Low turnout at Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge

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Africa Tourism Partners Chief Executive Officer, Kwakye Donkor, says this year's Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge has registered a low turnout compared to last year.

Donkor highlighted this in an interview with nbc News ahead of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge at Swakopmund, where about 38 countries from Africa will be taking part either physically or virtually.

The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge is being hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism.