Higher payouts for wildlife conflict

A parliamentary standing committee has recommended a drastic increase in compensation paid for losses to wild animals.

30 November 2017 | Environment

It has been recommended that the compensation for a person killed by a wild animal should be increased to N$500 000 and N$10 000 be paid out for funeral arrangements.

The National Council Standing Committee on Habitat has recommended massive increases in compensation for human-wildlife conflict. This is even though the environment ministry has proposed its own increases in the revised human-wildlife conflict policy.

In the revised policy the ministry has proposed increases which include N$100 000 for loss of human life, up from the current N$5 000.

The committee tabled its report on wildlife conflict, covering the Zambezi, Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene, Kavango East and West and the Erongo regions, in the National Council this week.

It also said that a trust fund should be established that would pay allowances of N$500 per month to toddlers and N$1 000 to school-going children whose parents were killed in incidents of wildlife conflict.

The committee recommended compensation between N$8 000 and N$15 000 per cow killed by wildlife, and between N$10 000 and N$25 000 for stud bulls.

Currently N$1 500 is paid out for either a cow or bull and the ministry has proposed that this be increased to N$3 000.

The committee has also recommended that farmers should be compensated N$1 000 for calves (0-6 months) and N$2 500 (6- 12 months). The ministry currently does not pay compensation for calves killed by predators.

The committee also recommended that the amount for goats be increased to N$2 000, sheep to N$2 200 and horses to N$5 500.

At the moment the compensation for a goat is N$200, for a sheep N$250 and a horse N$500.

The committee further said that more than N$6 000 per hectare should be paid out for crops destroyed by wildlife. This amount is currently N$800 per hectare and the ministry has proposed to increase it to N$1 000.

The report found that the majority of those interviewed on wildlife conflict were dissatisfied with the compensation.

“The offset amounts were seen to be a joke in the face of the market value of the livestock.”

It said the current offset initiative did not include injuries sustained by residents following an attack by a wild animal. The committee proposed an amount of N$5 000.

According to the report market-value compensation would not be possible for the government and therefore the focus should not be on paying compensation but rather on preventing human-wildlife conflict.

It said people who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder needed counselling to help them come to terms with their encounter with a wild animal.

According to the report, the majority of communities expressed dissatisfaction with the intervention efforts that were made by staff members of the ministry in response to human-wildlife conflict.

“The quick response offered to wild animals when compared to human beings was vehemently ridiculed by all hearings held in Zambezi, Kavango East and Kunene.”

The report says in the case of attacks perpetrated by hyenas, lions and leopards, any delay by ministry officials meant that evidence such as tracks was lost. That meant that no compensation claims could be submitted.

The report found that property losses resulted from invasions of crop fields by elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, kudus, hippos, porcupines, baboons and monkeys.

At Khorixas, Otjozongombe and Omatjete, elephants ransacked storage rooms where livestock feed or harvested grains were kept.

According to the report communities living at Otjozongombe and Omatjetje are restricted to their homesteads after dark because they fear elephants.


Similar News


'Premature' to discuss fracking

21 hours ago | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKEnvironment minister Pohamba Shifeta says it is “premature and confusing” at this stage to discuss the risks of fracking in the Kavango regions, when...

Govt eyes N$13m from elephant auction

5 days ago - 03 March 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe environment ministry wants to generate at least N$13 million from...

Elephant sale shrouded in secrecy

1 week ago - 26 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKGovernment is refusing to make public the bidding results received for the sale of 170 elephants.The environment ministry said it has received five bids...

Livestock guard dogs reduce stock losses

2 weeks ago - 22 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEK Farmers in Namibia making use of livestock guard dogs have reported that this non-lethal predator control method has significantly reduced livestock losses. The...

No environment ministry staff implicated in poaching

2 weeks ago - 19 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe environment ministry has confirmed that thus far no ministry staff have...

Stray elephants driven to Angola

2 weeks ago - 17 February 2021 | Environment

NAMPA ONGWEDIVAEnvironment ministry officials have managed to drive a herd of more than 20 elephants, that has been in the Omundaungilo area...

Conservancies expand reach to communities

3 weeks ago - 15 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibian conservancies funnelled more than N$9 billion into Namibia's national income over the past 30 years.In 2019, the contribution to the net national income...

Flood management and the pilot project launched

3 weeks ago - 12 February 2021 | Environment

Michelline NawatisesThe Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS and the City of Windhoek (CoW)have launched a flood management and support pilot project in Windhoek. About 30...

Hunters defend Namibia’s elephant sale

3 weeks ago - 11 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKIf the survival of elephants and other game species are to be...

WWF wants no more piecemeal EIAs for ReconAfrica

3 weeks ago - 09 February 2021 | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has urged the government not to approve any more piecemeal Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) or the commencement of any...

Latest News

RCC employees sent home until...

21 hours ago | Business

Over 60 employees of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) were on Thursday sent home after being denied access to their rented offices, which are owned...

Gondwana and Hollard head back...

21 hours ago | Justice

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKGondwana Collection Namibia and Hollard Insurance Namibia will face each other again in court on 31 March after Gondwana last week brought an urgent...

'Premature' to discuss fracking

21 hours ago | Environment

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKEnvironment minister Pohamba Shifeta says it is “premature and confusing” at this stage to discuss the risks of fracking in the Kavango regions, when...

Veterans want to be appointed...

21 hours ago | Politics

TUYEIMO HAIDULAEMBANDU The president of the Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA), Ben Shikongo, says members of the organisation want to be appointed to...

Women in commercial banking leadership

21 hours ago | Business

STAFF REPORTERThe Namibian Financial Sector Charter, introduced by the Ministry of Finance in November 2008, constitutes a framework and establishes the principles upon which empowerment...

Kenya to reject budget if...

21 hours ago | Economics

OMAR MOHAMMEDA Kenyan parliamentary committee said that it will reject the government's 2021/22 budget plan if the deficit goal is set at more than the...

Fishing rights announcement soon

21 hours ago | Fishing

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKFisheries minister Albert Kawana is expected to announce who his ministry has chosen for new fishing rights at the end of this month.This brings...

Women still live in fear

21 hours ago | Opinion

Namibians can be proud of the progressive legal frameworks that are in place to protect women from violence and discrimination.Legally, women are ensured of the...

Zimbabwe's manufacturing bullish on better...

21 hours ago | Economics

Zimbabwean manufacturers expect to ramp up production to 61% of capacity this year, the highest level in a decade, on expected stability in the foreign...

Load More