Many communal wildlife conservancies in Namibia, which do not have tourism potential, depend heavily on income from the hunting of selected animals for trophies, said the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NACSO), on Wednesday.

The NGO claimed community-based conservation in those areas would be “brought to its knees” without income from trophy hunting.

It added animals were selected for trophy hunting based on quotas, which were set by the authorities following extensive annual counting of wildlife.

The Namibian Cabinet recently ordered the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to campaign against any attempt to ban or restrict trophy hunting and wildlife product exports in Namibia.

The Cabinet, however, said a code of conduct for trophy hunting was being developed, and had helped the authorities to fight against wildlife crime.

According to NACSO, the income from trophy hunting and sales is used to pay guards in game parks and support local communities in conservancies.

The NGO said wildlife numbers had risen in Namibia as a result of community-based conservation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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