Drought worsens human-wildlife conflict in Namibia

Windhoek, May 26 (IANS) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia said on Thursday that there have been four fatal incidents this year in which people were killed in human-wildlife conflict.

There have been 109 recorded cases of livestock killed and an average of 218 hectares of crops destroyed during the period, Minister of Environment Pohamba Shifeta told a conference on human wildlife conflict.

It is evident that the wide spread serious drought in Namibia has aggravated the situation, Xinhua news agency quoted Shifeta as saying.

“People and wildlife in several places compete for the same resources. People, particularly in the Kunene region have simply invaded land set aside for wildlife by conservancies, with consequently severe conflicts,” he said.

“Nonetheless, there are ways to mitigate such conflicts and the ministry is engaged within its resource limits in this matter,” he added.

The minister also said that it will not be possible to eradicate all conflict between humans and wildlife, but the conflict can be managed.

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