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NAPHA Newsletter, 16 March 2018
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In this edition

16 MARCH 2018

1. Meeting with MET
2. Sustainable-use expert as CITES Secretary General
3. Cecil the Lion in British Media
4. Training in ethical practice for all hunting professionals
5. Brown Hyena Research Project
6. HuntiNamibia 2019
7. Air Namibia Support
8. Classifieds

Meeting with MET

12 March 2018

As per meeting with MET officials, chaired by the Depuuty Permanent Secretary, Ms Louisa Mupetami, on Monday, 12 March, the following matters were discussed:

A. Commercial Conservancies
As from the beginning of February NAPHA members started to contact the office requesting an explanation on why MET apparently decided to no longer honor the Commercial / Freehold Conservancy status and was verbally requesting all farm owners / hunting outfits to register with MET in their individual capacity. Up to this point (up until today) NAPHA had (has) not received a formal communication from MET on this matter.
 
NAPHA and CANAM realizing the immediate urgency of the matter and its extremely short timeline, joined forces and CANAM hand delivered a formal letter to the PS of MET, Dr Lindeque, including relevant information on the background of these Conservancies, their history and details of the huge impact a change in status would possibly have.
 
Receipt of this letter was acknowledged and it was stated that this matter ‘is looked into’.
CANAM followed-up on their letter but did not receive a reply.
NAPHA then requested an official meeting with MET and was referred to the Deputy PS, Ms Louisa Mupetami, who confirmed a meeting with MET Directors and officials for Monday, 12 March.
During this meeting, attended by both NAPHA and CANAM representatives, no satisfactory answers could be obtained, other than that MET is still considering this matter.
On Tuesday, 13 March NAPHA, therefore, obtained input from relevant industry stakeholders and drafted a letter addressing the Honorable Minister Pohamba Shifeta. CANAM followed suit and also delivered a letter to the Minister addressing the utmost urgency of this matter.
 
In this letter we made it clear that NAPHA cannot abide by the imposed changes as these are not enforceable within the timeframe provided. Furthermore, we have requested full consultation and dialogue with the Minister and stakeholders to discuss the reasons behind such decision and to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to explain implications and impact of such decision.
 
NAPHA has followed up with the office of the Minister and was informed that the matter is still discussed within the Ministry. We await a reply and will share this you upon receipt.
Both NAPHA and CANAM are acutely aware of the timeline and we are trying our utmost to find an amicable solution in the shortest time possible.
In the meantime, we advise all members to register their outfits in their individual capacity nonetheless.

CANAM (Conservancies Association of Namibia) distributed the following to their membership yesterday [CANAM Feedback].

B. Leopard Tags
The Director of Scientific Services assured us that Leopard Tags may only be utilized by the person that was allocated a tag or his/her direct employee(s).
Tags may neither be sold nor transferred to a third party.
Leopard tags may only be applied for by an owner or lessee of a farm or an outfitting business registered with the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).
 
C. Examinations for Hunting Professionals
NAPHA enquired as to the release of results of PDN examinations of August 2017. We were requested to provide the Director of Parks & Wildlife with a list of student names, which was forwarded immediately after the meeting. We await his feedback.
 
We also asked for the Hunting Examination Dates for 2018. These (including Bow Hunting) should be forthcoming – we will provide feedback as soon as dates have been received.
 
D. Age-Related Trophy Measuring System
A workshop discussing finer details of this system is currently in full swing.
Further details will be shared after completion of the workshop, which is attended by international delegates and Namibians alike.
 
E. Detailed personal information on trophy hunting permit applications
Addressing the issue of confidentiality of Information, when applying for permits, we were assured by MET officials that all client details are treated with confidentiality. In addition to a copy of the hunting clients passport, full address details and e-mail address are required to follow up on potential issues of fraud, theft or illegal shipments.
We were informed that the application form (MET) requires the full details but that the permit does not reflect the confidential information.

Sustainable-use expert as CITES Secretary General

Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU

The European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), Operators and Professional Hunters Association of Africa (OPHAA) and Safari Club International (SCI) are calling for the appointment of an individual who understands and appreciates sustainable-use conservation as the next CITES Secretary General. [Read More]

Cecil the Lion in British Media

Keith Somerville - University of Kent and University of London

When US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shed tears on his TV show about the killing of a lion that had been nicknamed Cecil, he helped unleash a storm of media coverage, social media response and comment that shed an interesting light on media coverage of wildlife and conservation issues. The killing of the lion in Zimbabwe in July 2015 led to media coverage of an unprecedented nature. The media hits on the story were greater than any previous conservation story in living memory. But the tone and content of the stories was also as important as the scale. The use of language was hyperbolic, the attention to detail poor and the use of sources fell outside what is usually considered good journalistic practice. This article analyses the coverage of the story in the British media and the likely effects for the understanding of lion conservation and wildlife in general. [Read more]

Training in ethical practice for all hunting professionals

Ministry of Environment and Tourism


Introduction of mandatory ethics training for the re-registration of hunting guides, master hunting guides and professional hunters

The Ministry of Environment has identified the need to introduce mandatory ethics training for the re-registration of hunting guides, master hunting guides and professional hunters. There is international pressure on the hunting industry which may ultimately destroy this sector unless the highest ethical standards are upheld.
 
In recognition of this threat, as well as the strategic importance that hunting has for our communal conservancies as well as wildlife and tourism as a land use on freehold land, there is need to improve regulatory supervision of the hunting sector. A number of important steps has been taken in this regard. To these the Ministry is including mandatory training in ethics.
 
It is already the case in important source markets for hunters that hunters have to attend mandatory training before being registered. In Namibia, an initial written and practical examination has to be passed before hunting guides, master hunting guides and professional hunters are registered in terms of Ordinance 4 of 1974. Such registrations are valid for one year only, from 1 April to 31 March of the following year.   The applicable regulations (Regulation 108 especially (4), Regulation 108A) provide no further guidance on the matter of re-registrations. It is thus proposed that the Regulations be amended to make provision for this mandatory ethics training as a conditions for re-registration.  The draft amendment will be prepared for publication before 31 March 2018.
 
With this notice, the Ministry wishes to inform the hunting industry and the public at large of this development. Comments and enquiries can be directed to the Permanent Secretary at ps.secretary@met.gov.na
 
M. Lindeque
Permanent Secretary

Brown Hyena Research Project

The Brown Hyena research project continues to monitor the brown hyenas, resident on the Lüderitz Peninsula, with the help of VHF and GPS telemetry since 2000 and with camera traps since 2013. A few camera traps were stolen, but we never gave up and managed to find suitable sites to study the Peninsula clan away from human activity. [Read more]

HuntiNamibia 2019 - 20th Anniversary Edition


Secure your space in this prestigious 20th anniversary edition.
Anyone wishing to share a story, an article or advertise in the upcoming 20th edition of the HuntiNamibia, please contact Rieth van Schalkwyk (rieth@venture.com.na).

Air Namibia Support

Air Namibia is the national airline of Namibia, headquartered in Windhoek, having its international hub at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

With its fleet of 10 aircraft and almost 700 employees, Air Namibia is the choice carrier for many Namibians when travelling to any of their 16 destinations. Air Namibia currently operates one international route to Frankfurt. Regional flight destinations include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, while domestic flight include Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Ondangwa, Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Walvis Bay.

For a number of years, Air Namibia has supported NAPHA by offering rebate tickets to overseas hunting conventions. In addition, Air Namibia has generously supported NAPHA by providing the main prize towards NAPHA Medal sales awards at NAPHA's AGM.

We thank Air Namibia for their generous support and look forward to many more years of cooperation and partnership.

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Namibia Professional Hunting Association
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Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer, ceo@napha.com.na
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant, napha@napha.com.na
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary, info@napha.com.na
Nikita Greyling, Administrative Assistant, office@napha.com.na
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