Higher payouts for wildlife conflict (Namibia)
November 30, 2017
It has been recommended that the compensation for a person killed by a wild
animal should be increased to N$500 000 and N$10 000 be paid out for
The National Council Standing Committee on Habitat has recommended massive
increases in compensation for human-wildlife conflict. This is even though
the environment ministry has proposed its own increases in the revised
human-wildlife conflict policy.
In the revised policy the ministry has proposed increases which include
N$100 000 for loss of human life, up from the current N$5 000.
The committee tabled its report on wildlife conflict, covering the Zambezi,
Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene, Kavango East and West and the
Erongo regions, in the National Council this week.
It also said that a trust fund should be established that would pay
allowances of N$500 per month to toddlers and N$1 000 to school-going
children whose parents were killed in incidents of wildlife conflict.
The committee recommended compensation between N$8 000 and N$15 000 per cow
killed by wildlife, and between N$10 000 and N$25 000 for stud bulls.
Currently N$1 500 is paid out for either a cow or bull and the ministry has
proposed that this be increased to N$3 000.
The committee has also recommended that farmers should be compensated N$1
000 for calves (0-6 months) and N$2 500 (6- 12 months). The ministry
currently does not pay compensation for calves killed by predators.
The committee also recommended that the amount for goats be increased to
N$2 000, sheep to N$2 200 and horses to N$5 500.
At the moment the compensation for a goat is N$200, for a sheep N$250 and a
The committee further said that more than N$6 000 per hectare should be
paid out for crops destroyed by wildlife. This amount is currently N$800
per hectare and the ministry has proposed to increase it to N$1 000.
The report found that the majority of those interviewed on wildlife
conflict were dissatisfied with the compensation.
?The offset amounts were seen to be a joke in the face of the market value
of the livestock.?
It said the current offset initiative did not include injuries sustained by
residents following an attack by a wild animal. The committee proposed an
amount of N$5 000.
According to the report market-value compensation would not be possible for
the government and therefore the focus should not be on paying compensation
but rather on preventing human-wildlife conflict.
It said people who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder needed
counselling to help them come to terms with their encounter with a wild
According to the report, the majority of communities expressed
dissatisfaction with the intervention efforts that were made by staff
members of the ministry in response to human-wildlife conflict.
?The quick response offered to wild animals when compared to human beings
was vehemently ridiculed by all hearings held in Zambezi, Kavango East and
The report says in the case of attacks perpetrated by hyenas, lions and
leopards, any delay by ministry officials meant that evidence such as
tracks was lost. That meant that no compensation claims could be submitted.
The report found that property losses resulted from invasions of crop
fields by elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, kudus, hippos, porcupines,
baboons and monkeys.
At Khorixas, Otjozongombe and Omatjete, elephants ransacked storage rooms
where livestock feed or harvested grains were kept.
According to the report communities living at Otjozongombe and Omatjetje
are restricted to their homesteads after dark because they fear elephants.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.