Namibia is seeking measures to improve lion management and has been paying farmers affected by human-wildlife conflict (HWC), Romeo Muyunda, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Tourism (MEFT) said on Tuesday.
Muyunda said this in a statement in response to a lion incident in the northwestern Konneni district in which 76 small stocks, consisting of 66 goats and 10 sheep of one farmer, were attacked and killed.
“Accordingly, in line with the Self-Reliance Scheme in the National Policy for Human-Wildlife Conflict Management, 40,000 Namibian dollars (about $2,759) will be paid to the farms,” he said, noting that the amount is not necessary to pay for the loss.
The spokesperson said that HWC’s management policy was set in 2009 and in 2018 pricing was adjusted and improved. He added that the policy allows the minister to adjust the payment rates from time to time according to the available financial resources.
“The ministry sympathizes with the affected farmers and will continue to engage farm owners and community members in implementing measures to manage and mitigate human-wildlife conflicts,” he said.
On the other hand, Muyunda said that to improve the management of lions in the country, the ministry has been tasked with developing a strategy for the conservation and management of lions for a period of ten years.
“The development process has started, and all the key stakeholders including farmers and rural community members will be consulted in the development process,” he said, adding that the ministry is also implementing a program to enhance and develop livestock pens that are resistant to predators especially in the affected areas. Kunini and Irungo regions.
So far, 25 kraals have been built from the beginning of this year, and one of the ministry’s plans this year is to build an additional 100 kraals to prevent lions from attacking livestock in squash.