CITES must sit down

10 May 2019 | Columns

For years now, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been rejecting Namibia and her neighbours’ proposals to open up the international trade in their ivory. Apart from Namibia, countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Swaziland have done everything possible to convince CITES to lift the ban on the trade, considering their conservation success stories. While these countries have managed to protect their wildlife, they also have seen a huge spike in their animal populations, which have increased beyond the carrying capacity of the land. Namibia is no exception and it is now sitting with an ivory stockpile worth a massive N$125 million. The stockpile consists of tusks confiscated from poachers, and because of natural deaths. Since the ban in 1989, Namibia has only been allowed controlled ivory trade in 1999 and 2008, with CITES arguing that legalising it would be devastating for African elephants, which are the source of most of the illegally traded ivory in the world. In its latest proposal, Namibia, along with Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, whose elephant populations are on Appendix II, want restrictions weakened so that ivory can be exported to consumer countries. The onus for the way forward now lies with delegates to the next World Wildlife Conference - the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CITES, which will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is our sincere hope that the international gathering will allow the legal trade in ivory. This will of course be undertaken using adequate controls and with strict enforcement. Namibia has proven that it can indeed conserve its wildlife, seeing that the country now has an elephant population of 24 000 - up from 7 500 in 1995. Our model has always been the sustainable use of our wildlife resources, and we would certainly not allow our elephant population to be decimated. In the same breath, we need extra finances to take care of our people.

Similar News

 

Fathers must step up

11 hours ago | Columns

Our lead story of yesterday, which highlighted the shame of absent fathers, sparked heated debate on social media. Most of the commentators sympathised with single...

You can’t Photoshop feelings

1 day - 21 May 2019 | Columns

Justicia Shipena I came across a man at a workshop I attended and he said to me: "Write what you are feeling. Tell the...

Let the games begin

2 days ago - 20 May 2019 | Columns

The Electoral Commission of Namibia last week announced 27 November as the date for the upcoming general election, which will be preceded by the supplementary...

Get your SME 'finance ready'

5 days ago - 17 May 2019 | Columns

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute up to 60% of all employment and as much as 40% of GDP in emerging economies, according to the...

Tackle voter apathy first

5 days ago - 17 May 2019 | Columns

The upcoming Ondangwa Urban by-election has been enjoying prominent coverage in the mainstream media, with Swapo loyalists and those supporting an independent candidate ruffling each...

Less beef more chicken

5 days ago - 17 May 2019 | Columns

I am starting to question the existence of the game five years from now. What will the scene be like? Will we have another Big...

The legacy you leave is the one you live

1 week ago - 14 May 2019 | Columns

Michelline NawatisesLegacy… The word itself intimidates many people as it is the one thing you will be remembered for long after you are gone.This...

Money tips for graduates

1 week ago - 10 May 2019 | Columns

Llewellyn WrinklerMany graduates can benefit by adopting good money management principles early in their careers, to ensure a guaranteed, stable and stress-free financial future.Whether you...

CITES must sit down

1 week ago - 10 May 2019 | Columns

For years now, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been rejecting Namibia and her neighbours’ proposals to...

Make us listen to your music

1 week ago - 10 May 2019 | Columns

A lot of musicians enjoy being classified or categorised into upcoming, established, mainstream or underground artists, while others just say they are artists and make...

Latest News

Prisoner hid 'powdered milk' in...

11 hours ago | Justice

A Windhoek prisoner is suing the ministry of safety and security and a police officer for N$250 000 in damages on the basis that he...

Katrina's corruption trial draws to...

11 hours ago | Justice

Closing arguments in education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa's corruption trial were made in the High Court yesterday, with defence lawyer Sisa Namandje warning that “exaggerated rumours...

Fathers must step up

11 hours ago | Columns

Our lead story of yesterday, which highlighted the shame of absent fathers, sparked heated debate on social media. Most of the commentators sympathised with single...

Cases pile up at Oshakati

11 hours ago | Justice

A shortage of magistrates at the Oshakati Magistrate's Court has been blamed for the postponement of several cases since April. A clerk from the...

Woman gang-raped by four men

11 hours ago | Crime

A 29-year-old woman has been gang-raped by four men in Wanaheda. According to the police the incident happened in a riverbed between Luxury Hill...

NSFAF to fund 19% of...

11 hours ago | Education

The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) will only grant financial assistance to 19% of its new, eligible applicants during this academic year, due to...

Good chance of weak El...

11 hours ago | Agriculture

Forecasts indicate that there is a 70% chance of weak El Niño conditions persisting until July this year. According to the latest Southern Africa Seasonal...

Agra launches weaner auction championships

11 hours ago | Agriculture

The 2019 Agra National Weaner Auction Championships was launched this month at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring. The championships aim to recognise and reward producers for...

LPM raises spectre of 'military...

11 hours ago | Politics

The Landless People's Movement (LPM) is concerned that Namibia may be turning into a military state.It believes there is a need for the United Nations...

Load More