Namibia advocates for sustainable hunting as key to African wildlife conservation


  • World
  • Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023

WINDHOEK, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Namibia's Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta on Monday expressed concern over the global trend of restricting hunting, highlighting the need to balance conservation with the welfare of local communities.

Speaking at the 21st African Wildlife Consultative Forum in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, Shifeta emphasized the importance of addressing this issue and developing mechanisms to counter the ongoing onslaught against hunting.

"Namibia believes that hunting has a place in our conservation and social setup, and will support all efforts aiming at promoting well-regulated and people-centered hunting," he said.

Shifeta said that wildlife conservation is a vital economic activity in many African countries and highlighted how well-developed wildlife industries contribute significantly to job creation, and rural and national economies, directly benefiting local communities.

"We have to find mechanisms to stop the further decline of wildlife by adopting models that work for both wildlife and people on whose land wildlife occurs. I believe that placing some economic value, and finding ways to derive these values, is the model that has worked for Southern Africa," he said.

Shifeta placed a strong emphasis on the importance of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) programs, explaining how these programs have successfully integrated local communities into wildlife conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, benefiting both conservation efforts and the livelihoods of people living near wildlife habitats.

However, he also noted the necessity of innovating CBNRM approaches to address economic challenges faced by households.

He outlined six key aspects for successful wildlife conservation efforts, including establishing enabling policy frameworks, leveraging the economic value of wildlife for conservation and linking conservation with rural development and poverty alleviation, as well as enabling the recovery of wildlife resources.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In World

Cape Town braces for more wind and rain; thousands affected by stormy weather
Polish parliament rejects bill seeking to ease strict abortion law
At least seven bodies pulled from collapsed school in central Nigeria
BHP, Vale reach agreement over 2015 Brazil dam collapse proceeding in UK
In Russia, Biden's verbal slip over Putin's name draws mockery and unease
Europe's leaders defend Biden NATO summit gaffes, media says he's done
IAEA Board condemns attack on Kyiv children's hospital, blaming Russia
Venice entry charge set to rise in 2025 to try to thin crowds
India's opposition Congress asks Modi to tax billionaires more
French far right hopes polishing its act will deliver victory

Others Also Read