WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Namibia is set to finalize the amendments to the
Nature Conservation Ordinance No. 4 of 1975 and the Controlled
Wildlife Products and Trade Act of 2008 to ensure that those
convicted of poaching will receive both stiffer fines and
sentences, according to an official.
The Minister of
Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta made this known Monday,
adding the ministry will further strengthen its efforts in
effective crime prevention and law enforcement.
According to him,
these will be realized through coordinated and integrated
activities such as security planning, monitoring and adaptive
management; a strong and effective presence on the ground,
dedicated investigation units that focuses on criminal and
poaching syndicates and organized crime.
Pohamba Shifeta also
commended those involved in the fight against poaching such as
the Namibian Police, Game Reserve personnel, communities and
farmers for effective collaboration that led to the successful
arrests of a number of heavily armed suspects between Sept. 2
successful arrests have been made possible with the good
collaboration and cooperation that exist among stakeholders,” he
Following the black
rhino that was poached at Erindi Private Game Reserve last week,
four suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.
According to the
minister, all arrested suspects in this regard were heavily
armed and the Namibian police and other stakeholders acted
swiftly and professionally to avoid a violent encounter during
“I am confident that
if we move in this direction together we will be able to break
the syndicates involved in poaching and ultimately bring the
poaching levels down or to a complete halt,” he added.