Thursday, March 12, 2015
Namibian to stiffen conservation laws as Chinese poachers ransack game parks
A PARLIAMENTARY committee is recommending that Namibia's nature conservation laws should be changed to improve law enforcement in the battle against poaching. In a new report tabled to the National Assembly, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics, Natural Resources and Public Administration says government should speed up the drafting of legislation to improve law enforcement and prevent the increase of poaching in Namibia. It also recommends that the Ministry of Mines and Energy should consult regional authorities and local communities before allowing mining activities to take place in wildlife breeding areas, especially for the rhinoceros. The committee also recommended that the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration should initiate an extradition agreement between Namibia and Angola to help combat cross-border wildlife crimes more effectively.