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NAPHA Newsletter, 18 August 2017

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  1. MET Permit Condition: Online Trophy Hunt Advertising
  2. Application for Leopard Trophy Hunting Quota
  3. Kudu Rabies Project Phase 3 get Green Light
  4. Environmental Impact Assessment:  Export Abattoir, Outjo 
  5. Footprint Photography Training Workshop
  6. HUAP Trust: Marble Rhino Project
  7. No buffalos in commercial area allowed
  8. Illegal Timber Harvesting and Deforestation
  9. NAPHA AGM 2017
  10. Classifieds

MET Permit Condition:  Online Trophy Hunt Advertising
MET confirmed that permits will be issued without a warning that advertising on the internet is not allowed. The ministry, however, is investigating further avenues to address this sensitive matter. NAPHA continues consultation with MET.
We, therefore, urge members to exercise caution and only place sensible advertising on appropriate platforms.
Namibia simply cannot afford bad publicity for its hunting sector.
Application for Leopard Trophy Hunting Quota
Leopard tag applications for 2018 can be submitted at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as from 1 September 2017.  Submission closes on 30 September 2017.  No late applications will be entertained.  Please see application form here.
Kudu Rabies Project Phase 3 gets Green Light
Phase 3 of the Kudu Rabies Project received the green light from the LPO Management and there is excitement about the further research that might shed light on this disease and possibly provide a solution.   There is currently an increased outbreak of rabies among the kudu population in Namibia, especially south of Windhoek.  The project will again be in the expert hands of Dr Rainer Hassel, who has committed many hours of his professional career to find a solution.  Negotiations are undergoing with Agra Provision to proceed with the management of the project. 
Although we can say with certainty that rabies is being transmitted horizontally between the kudu population, jackals are still seen as the main vector.  Farmers are urgently requested to send brain tissue of possible positive animals, such as kudu and  jackal, to the central veterinary laboratory for testing.  Samples can also be derived from carcasses found in the veld. 

PRECAUTION IS ESSENTIAL WHEN TAKING ANY SAMPLES OF POSSIBLY CONTAMINATED ANIMALS. IT IS ADVISABLE TO  WEAR GLOVES AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND TO SPECIFICALLY PROTECT EYES AND MOUTH!
(Extract from Namibia Agricultural Union Newsletter)
Environmental Impact Assessment: Export Abattoir, Outjo -  Background Information Document
Fu Hai Trading Enterprise CC (FHTE) would like to develop and construct a multispecies export abattoir outside Outjo. According to the Environmental Management Act (No.7 of 2007) the development is a listed activity requiring an environmental clearance certificate. Quivertree Consulting has been appointed by FHTE to undertake the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). 
As part of the first phase of public consultation for the EIA, we would like to notify Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) and allow you an opportunity to register and provide comment. Please find attached a Background Information Document (BID). 
Please register as an interested and affected party and/or submit any comments you might have with respect to the project and the BID by the 31 August 2017. A comment and response sheet is attached for your convenience. Please use this or send an email with your details and comments.
Footprint Photography Training Workshop
Stuart Munro (Department of Conservation & Research at N/a'an ku sê Foundation) is offering a workshop in the techniques of footprint photography for FIT Data Gathering. Those interested in assisting with this vital research, should contact the NAPHA Office.

Marble Rhino Project - Update No. 4

 
Gé, you are a star!

The rhino has been turned onto its legs – ready to entice anyone looking at it.

The aluminium horn has partially been fitted and we invite everybody to attend our “Horning Ceremony” on Friday, 25 August at 11h00, when the rhino horn will be fitted – a full 3 meters in length.
Our Namibian students and scholars from local schools are supporting our endeavours by joining the arty vibes prevailing at the FNCC.
 

Here are some of the artworks created.
     
 
We are counting the days when our rhino will be completed and its journey will lead it to the Windhoek Country Club for our exceptional Gala Dinner, 31 August, where a glass tent will be erected for this special occasion.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to participate in our once in a life-time competition of a rhino tracking adventure, when guessing the weight of the completed rhino.

No buffalos in commercial area allowed
(Namibia Agricultural Union Newsletter)
Following a request of a well-known private nature game reserve, the Minister of Agriculture, Water & Forestry has decided not to give consent that buffalos are allowed there. Buffalo are the carriers of inter alia Foot-and-Mouth disease, although the buffalos of the Waterberg Plateau Park are classified as so-called disease free buffalos.
 According to the 
Minister, the total commercial area has been proclaimed as protected area in 2013 with the aim to prevent that Foot-and-Mouth disease is brought into and spread in this area. The Waterberg Plateau Park, however, is excluded from this Proclamation.
A further argument of the Minister to not allow the buffalo in the game reserve is that all trade agreements for the export of meat are based on the fact that there are no buffalos in the commercial area present.
Illegal Timber Harvesting and Deforestation
(Namibian Chamber of Environment)
NCE wrote a formal letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to raise concerns about the illegal harvesting of hardwood timber in the northern regions of Namibia, particularly in the area of the State Forest in Zambezi. We raised the issue of deforestation and many related aspects. The letter listed 14 issues of concern and called for an urgent meeting to discuss options and to ask how the environmental NGO and business sectors could assist.
We obtained assistance in the preparation of the letter from a number of NCE Members with good knowledge of the forestry sector. This letter has not been made public at this stage, because we would like to first explore options for constructive dialogue. To date we have not received a reply.

There have been parallel initiatives to address the illegal timber harvesting situation. These include intelligence investigations, investigative journalism and aerial photographic evidence collection. The latest information on illegal timber harvesting, published in the “Oxpecker”, can be accessed here.

The Namibian Sun newspaper published an article on their front page today entitled “Chinese underworld exposed”. You can access this here.  You will see how the illegal timber, illegal wildlife and other crimes all link up.
The NCE has been keeping the Chinese Embassy up to date with all information that has been coming out on illegal timber harvesting and trade, and the names of the Chinese nations involved. In our view, it is high time that the Chinese government plays a far more pro-active role in dismantling the Chinese syndicates and triads and that these people are removed from Namibia and from Africa.
NAPHA AGM 2017
All NAPHA members as well as other interested parties are hereby notified and invited to the upcoming NAPHA Annual General Meeting, which will take place on 28 November 2017 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre. Attendance forms will be distributed shortly. 

The accommodation and shuttle rates can be downloaded here.

HuntiNamibia 2018
All those who wish to submit articles or advertisments for the 2018 edition of the HuntiNamibia, can contact Rieth van Schalkwyk at Venture Media
Employment Wanted
A couple, with experience in the hunting and farm management sector, is looking for a position on a farm.  Please contact 081 621 6969.
Employment Offered
We are looking for a basic driver, mechanic and foreman for Farm Boskloof. Please contact Riva Namene at +264 (0) 81 140 2341.
Venue Needed for Photography Course
Our photography course will take place on 4 November 2017. We are looking for a venue that can offer:
  • A location close to Windhoek
  • Refreshment and snacks 
  • A full trophy mount for practice
Preferably the venue should be outside (in the veld) where photographers can practice in different settings and lighting.
Interested parties should contact the NAPHA Office.
Namibian Photos Wanted
The NAPHA Office requires Namibia photos for the weekly newsletter.  Anyone willing to share their photos (without logo) can submit them to the NAPHA Office at napha@napha.com.na.  The photographer will be credited.

Namibia Professional Hunting Association
(NAPHA)

 

PO Box: 11291
Windhoek,
Namibia

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 424 9922

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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