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Namibia begins process of mapping out wildlife corridors to curb human wildlife conflict

Source: Xinhua| 2021-03-10 22:17:03|Editor: huaxia

WINDHOEK, March 10 (Xinhua) — Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism on Wednesday said it is mapping out wildlife corridors to determine or make known the movement areas of wild animals so as to prevent human-wildlife conflict.

In a statement, environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said the country was creating innovative mechanisms to reduce the level of human wildlife conflict (HWC).

“Human wildlife conflict needs to be managed in a way that recognizes the rights and development needs of local communities and farmers, recognizes the need to promote biodiversity conservation, promotes self-reliance and ensures that decision-making is quick, efficient and based on the best available information,” the minister said.

According to Shifeta, Namibia is intensifying efforts to manage the conflict because the country is experiencing a high incidence of HWC cases.

Some of the measures that Namibia is taking to curb HWC include capture and relocation of animals to national parks where they are away from people.

He said the country is also developing species management plans that will guide the long-term management of species including the management of human wildlife conflict caused by these species. Enditem