NW Human-lion Conflict Management Plan

Progress was made with the development, approval and implementation of an action plan to systematically address incidents of human-lion conflict in the northwest of Namibia. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism took the lead on these developments. A workshop was held at Otjikoto Game Reserve on 11-12 Sep 2017 to discuss the technical aspects of the management plan. The meeting was attended by 17 key individuals from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, WWF-Namibia, Namibia Chambers of Environment, IRDNC, Desert Lion Conservation, Africat Foundation and the Kwando Carnivore Project. Discussions focussed on identifying the priority areas of intervention and to develop an action plan for implementation. This led to the establishment of the North West Lion Working Group that were tasked with coordinating the systematic implementation of the management plan.

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The North West Human-lion Conflict Management Plan was officially launched by the Hon. Tommy Nambahu, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism during a media event in Windhoek on 22 Sep 2017.

Tommy Nambahu, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism during a media event in Windhoek on 22 Sep 2017

​An important development that came out of this process was that of collaboration. In an optimistic and positive spirit all the relevant stakeholders were in agreement that working together was essential to the process of addressing human-lion conflict in the region. A total of 18 key stakeholders, including Government Ministries, regional authorities, conservancy bodies and conservation NGOs, were identified that are participating in this initiative. A list of priority actions was identified and the process of implementing the North West Human-lion Conflict Management Plan was initiated.

A Rapid Response Team was established with the acquisition of an equipped vehicle and the appointment of Cliff Tjikundi. The team was strengthened by the inclusion of Rodney Tjavara from Tomakas, and they set off to discuss the implementation of the North West Human-lion Conflict Management Plan with the relevant conservancies, Traditional Authorities and Regional Councillors. In addition, progress was made with the development of "early-warning" systems and the erecting of suitable lion-proof corrals. A total of seven satellite and two GPS radio collars were fitted to two adult male lions and five lionesses. The Rapid Response Team, IRDNC and Namibia Nature Foundation worked with the Purros, Sesfontein, Anabeb and Tsiseb Conservancies to appoint "Lion Rangers" for each conservancy.

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