Various members addressed concerns regarding rumors circulating regarding the Wildlife Bill drafts.
The following is extracted from a notification to CANAM (Conservancy Association of Namibia) members:
'It is sad to read/hear what people are saying, the way issues are being addressed in public.
Quote: “…apparently parliament is in the process of discussing the possibility of tabling a bill to outlaw the hunting of Jackals?...” No, not parliament, MET issued a Draft Bill for Protected Areas and Wildlife Management;
Also sad to read on social media the allegations against NAPHA and CANAM re. the Wildlife Bill to be allegedly “orchestrated” and having “their own agenda”…
A slap in the face of all who spend so much time and effort to create a “future for All, also our children”, considering Namibia
1. as our country to function, produce and survive;
2. in a global context, as we cannot live and survive as an island by implementing only the views of a selected few Namibians.
Please note the following facts:
- The Draft Bill for Protected Areas and Wildlife Management (a document of 166 pages) has been sent to many stakeholders, inclusive of NAPHA and NAU, for perusal and comments/recommendations thereof;
- On 11/09/2017 CANAM sent an e-mail to all members, quote: “Attached the part on Commercial Conservancies - now “Conservation Management Areas” - for your perusal. We have additionally submitted another point re. the issuing of permits by the committees, but don’t know if this will be added.” (No response received to date.)
- Napha News Letter Friday 08/09/2017: “NAPHA Exco attended a meeting coordinated by MET, inviting many stakeholders for comments on the Bill. The Bill will now be discussed in various parts of Namibia in the coming month and NAPHA will again have a final opportunity in October to present final comments and changes, after which the Bill will be presented to Parliament”;
- A group of dedicated people from NAPHA and the NAU invested tremendous time and effort to go through this Bill and word their comments/recommendations – in the interest of the Industry.
- A Wildlife Bill Workshop exclusive to NAPHA Members (including 2 delegates from CANAM) and a handful of invited stakeholders has been arranged to take place on Thursday, 28 September 2017.
- The invitation included the Draft Bill for All to read and prepare themselves for the workshop.
This workshop was attended by numerous NAPHA (some also being CANAM) members who addressed all concerns.
- Consolidated NCE & Wildlife Products Steering Committee Members comments on the Protected Areas & Wildlife Management Bill were sent to stakeholders (by Dr Pauline Lindeque) for perusal and further comments;
- MET published dates of “public meetings” for anybody interested to attend.
The “revised” draft document with recommendations and comments from all these stakeholders was sent back to MET.
Therefore please note that:
- It is highly commendable from MET to play “open cards” and get stake holders involved in a Draft Bill;
- The Final “Bill” will still need time before being presented to Parliament – hopefully with further involvement and cooperation of all stake holders;
- All “issues” have been addressed and proposed changes have been forwarded to MET;
- Anybody that is not informed on happenings and facts as stated above:
You are very welcome to ask questions and get information, but please refrain from distributing unsustainable allegations via social media or ‘word-by-mouth’ before having acquired the facts – and that refers to any matter.
Everybody had the chance to get involved and deliver input in this Draft of the “Wildlife Bill” – positively and constructively – this being unique and something many other countries do not allow for.