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NAPHA Newsletter, 7 September 2018
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In this edition

7 September 2018

1. HUAP Advanced Training 
2. Biodiversity Resource Mobilisation Project
3. NAPHA New Financial Year
4. National Leopard Census
5. SA Hunters
6. Snakes in Namibia
7. Effects of the Hunting Ban in Botswana
8. World Rhino Day
9. Landbou Joernaal
10. AGM Motions Deadline
11. Nominations
12. Minox Equipment

HUAP Advanced Training

Hunters United Against Poaching (HUAP) Trust

HUAP sponsors advanced training for communal game guards.
A year after the initial training of 24 communal game guards from the northeast of the country, eleven had the opportunity to receive advanced anti-poaching training. “We were delighted to notice what these game guards remembered from what was taught a year ago and that we could build on that”, said Chris Oosthuizen, one of the instructors from African Anti-Poaching Services. Oosthuizen and Koos Moorcroft had been part of the team which trained the selected game guards in June and July 2017 at Eagle Rock Professional Hunting Academy east of Windhoek during two week-long courses.
 
“This time we trained the eleven game guards from eight different communal conservancies in the Zambezi region in their own surroundings, close to the area they are familiar with”, Moorcroft pointed out. The four-week course was conducted in the Dzoti communal conservancy next to the Linyanti River and the Botswana border. In this area NAPHA members have their hunting concessions within communal conservancies and it was through the initiative of these professional hunters that the training became reality. [Read more]

Biodiversity Resource Mobilisation Project

RAISON and the Namibian Nature Foundation (NNF) have been asked by the Ministry of Environment & Tourism’s Biodiversity Resource Mobilisation (ResMob) Project to compile information that can help increase the values of Namibia’s green economy. The goal is to find ways to increase values held in the natural environment, and to raise household incomes and the Namibian economy. Landscapes and commodities are the major units of focus. Thus, we are asking your help in identifying:
  • Landscapes or areas (big or small, but not too small) that could be developed and promoted for tourism and other purposes associated with the green economy. Examples are selected parts of national parks now closed to tourism.
  • Commodities and products of the natural environment that have potential economic value. New products or uses of indigenous plants and animals are examples.
  • Instances where services could be improved, value chains enhanced, or barriers lifted in ways that would give existing areas and commodities greater value. Improved road access to certain attractions would be an example.
Along these three lines, please think widely and wildly about what more can be done to grow Namibia’s green economy. Our immediate task is to compile brief descriptions of potential landscapes, commodities and obstacles. A next phase of ResMob’s work will investigate the viability of developing each of these potentials.
We would appreciate having any and all ideas you have, and hope that these can be shared openly and widely in the spirit of benefiting from all our ideas. Your help will be fully acknowledged, and we will provide all contributors with feedback. Please let us have your ideas before 10 September to mf.mendelsohn@gmail.com

NAPHA New Financial Year

1 September 2018

The 2017/2018 Financial year was closed off and the 2018/2019 Membership cycle has begun. 

Membership invoices were sent out during the past week via e-mail and regular mail. If you have not received your membership invoice, please contact Christel at the NAPHA Office.
Thank you to members who immediately have processed payment.

National Leopard Census 

Louisa is in the Omaruru-surrounding area, still collecting data.

Even though the current project-phase is mostly based on fieldwork, there is no such thing as too much data, and we, therefore, would like to remind all our members to distribute the Leopard Questionnaire far and wide for completion. All information will be kept strictly confidential. The completed questionnaire can be emailed to louisa@lrcwildlifeconservation.com or submitted to the NAPHA office.

The leopard data will be shared with NAPHA members once processed and evaluated.
 
YOUR INPUT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT!

Furthermore, we request anybody who has conducted a leopard hunt during 2018 (successfully or unsuccessfully) to please contact Louisa at +264 81 223 0610 to discuss the experience.  Should you be interested in discussing previous year's hunts, please feel free to talk to her or send her a mail with your contact number.
 

SA Hunters: Allegations about SA Hunters on Facebook page of Jagters SA

Courtesy Custodians of Professional Hunting and Conservation - South Africa

Dear colleague

Allegations about SA Hunters on Facebook page of Jagters SA

Rumours are circulating on the Facebook page of Jagters SA (it is not our Association’s page), that SA Hunters during its participation in the colloquium of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on “Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: Harming or Promoting the Conservation Image of the Country”, discredited hunting and compromised the property rights of game farmers or their rights to farm with game as they see fit,”.

There is no truth in these allegations. In terms of its constitution, SA Hunters has an obligation to protect the long-term interests of its members. The right to hunt free-roaming indigenous wildlife in the future, is part of protecting members’ interests. One can go further and interpret this obligation to include the protection and conservation of the habitat of such species.

Given the conservation implications and reputational risk associated with the shooting of intensively and selectively bred game, SA Hunters adopted a policy position at its Congress in 2015, stating that it did not support the intensive and selective breeding of game, including predators such as lions. During the Parliamentary colloquium on captive-bred lion in August, SA Hunters communicated this position.
SA Hunters together with various other role-players in the wildlife sector was invited to participate in the Portfolio Committee debate. In a joint presentation SA Hunters and the Custodians of Professional Hunting and Conservation (Custodians) highlighted the positive contribution of hunting to the economy and conservation.

Furthermore, the principles supported by SA Hunters agree with internationally accepted standards that hunting should be sustainable and should contribute to conservation and sustainable socio-economic development.

At this meeting ... [read more]

Snakes in Namibia

With summer slowly approaching, snakes will once again be encountered more frequently across Namibia. This list will provide our members with relevant information regarding basic snake safety and first aid, as well as contact details of snake catchers across the country.

Windhoek 

Okahandja    

Otjiwarongo  

Ministry of Environment and Tourism 

Grootfontein 

Tsumeb  

Otavi  

Usakos/Karibib 

Rosh Pinah  

Katima Mulilo 

Costal-Swakopmund,Walvis Bay and Henties Bay 

Rehoboth 

Snake catching tour guides - phone to find out if perhaps they are in your area if not listed above.
Stephan Sachse 081 2767552 (hometown Grootfontein)
Marc Davis 081 1241929 (hometown Otjiwarongo/Windhoek)
 
In the case of a snake bite, please email snakebite to snakebitedoc@gmail.com, Dr Buys will respond immediately.
 
When a snake is spotted, please keep your eyes on the snake and make sure you have these numbers close by to phone for assistance. And please bear in mind that most of these are working people, so please do not phone everyone on the list when someone is already on the way. When someone gets there they will use their own discretion to decide whether or not they need backup. Please also note, trying to kill the snake could result in a bite as it naturally will try to defend itself.
 
Keep in mind:
Firstly there are NO effective snake repellents!
1. Keep grass short and clear underneath bushes to prevent hiding place for snakes.
2. Clear heaps of rubbish, building materials and other refuse around the house.
3. Avoid  creeping plants, thick hedges and shrubs especially against house walls and open windows
4. Store food in rat proof containers, as snakes will search for food.
5. Avoid compost heaps, rockeries and aviaries as they may provide snakes with suitable hiding spots and a source of food.
6. Close off all potential spots where snakes might fit through. This can be done by using shade clothing or chicken mesh.
 
What to do in case you encounter a snake:
1. DO NOT try to catch or kill snakes - If you are close enough to kill it you are close enough to get bitten.
2. Keep calm and back away slowly - snakes will flee immediately.
3. Contact your nearest snake catcher to deal with the situation. 
 
Prevention of Snakebite:
1. Wear closed shoes preferably ones that cover the ankle. Sunglasses should also be considered as they provide protection against spitting cobras.
2. Use a torch when you are outside at night.
3. Watch where your feet are treading. Step onto rocks and logs rather than over them.
4. Do not collect fire wood at dusk or night as most snakes move during this time.
5. Be careful when handling dead or apparently dead snakes as some species like the Anchieta's cobra may sham death as a defensive tactic
6. Do not handle any snake no matter how harmless they may seem.
7. Raise beds above floor level and use a mosquito net to prevent snakes entering your bed.

 

Effects of the Hunting Ban in Botswana

Courtesy Conservation Imperative

World Rhino Day: 22 September 2018

International Rhino Foundation



World Rhino Day is a global celebration aimed at bringing awareness about the threats facing all five species of rhino. 
In advance of World Rhino Day, we have also just released our 2018 State of the Rhino report. Ten years ago, roughly 20,800 rhinos roamed Earth. Today, rhino numbers hover around 29,500 – a 41 percent increase in 10 years. Despite this uptick, rhino populations are at the tipping point, barely keeping up with devastating losses from poaching. In Africa, criminals killed more than 1,100 rhinos last year. And two of the three Asian rhino species are quietly disappearing from Indonesia’s dense rainforests. To read the full report, click here

Kanaal 7: Landbou Joernaal

8 September 2018

Saterdag oggend tussen 6h00 en 7h00 kuier ons weer saam met ‘n paar interessante mense.  Een van hulle is Johan Wessels wat ons inlig oor selfverdedigingswapens en Jacolette Kloppers wat ons deur die blaaie van Landbou Weekblad neem. Basie Oosthuizen en Stefan Saayman gesels oor 2 rigting radio’s en Tanja Dahl van NAPHA maak weer ‘n draai en vertel ons van jag en sosiale media platforms. Paul Kirsten gaan ons wel vandag vertel van voeding vir sitrus- en ander vrugtebome. Stefan Saayman van Kanaal 7 praat weer met Alex McDonald oor verbossing en Alice Krenz wat Namibiese kleure het in perdeuithouritte vertel ons meer van perdesport en die regte kanale wat gevolg moet word vir kwalifisering van uithouritte.

Notice of AGM Motions Deadline


With the NAPHA AGM coming up, we invite all members to submit motions to be tabled at the AGM by
20 September 2018 to napha@napha.com.na.

 
Let your voice be heard!

Call for Nominations

Please nominate your staff for outstanding performance to be considered
for cash prizes.

Minox Equipment - Now at the NAPHA Office!

The NAPHA Office has received more Minox stock. We now stock two series of wildlife cameras: the DTC 450 slim and the DTC 550, which cameras are used for the National Leopard Census.
We also stock a variety of binoculars, spotting scopes and rifle scopes. 

DTC 450 Slim
With the extremely slim and contoured design of the DTC 450 SLIM, this wildlife camera can be mounted on nearly any tree and remain almost completely undetected - the perfect observation cameras for covert observation of wildlife or private property.

 

Namibia Professional Hunting Association
(NAPHA)

 
PO Box: 11291
Windhoek
Namibia

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 162 0977

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President, president@napha.com.na
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer, ceo@napha.com.na
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant, napha@napha.com.na
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary, info@napha.com.na
Christel Zeilinger, Administrative Assistant, office@napha.com.na
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