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NAPHA Newsletter, 6 July 2018
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In this edition

6 JULY 2018

1. MET: Distribution of hunting photos on public platforms
2. NAPHA Press Release 
3. Tourism Index: 1st quarter of 2018
4. Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations  (FENATA)
5. First Aid Refresher Course
6. Skinning Course

MET: Distribution of hunting photos on public platforms

03 July 2018

Following the unveiling of the revised Human-Wildlife-Conflict policy strategy plan on Monday, 2 July 2018, the Honorable Minister Pohamba Shifeta requested hunting professionals refrain from posting images of hunted animals on social media platforms.

As a result, NAPHA Office then requested a written statement on this matter from the Minister, which was received and widely shared with our members.
MEMORANDUM
03 July 2018

To All Trophy Hunters
Hunting Guides
Master Hunting Guides and
Professional Hunters

SUBJECT: DISTRIBUTION OF HUNTING PHOTOS ON PUBLIC PLATFORMS

The Ministry would like to request all hunters, even those with valid hunting permits, to refrain from posting photographs of dead animals taken during hunting expeditions on social media. This practice is not only unethical but it also tarnishes the image of the well-regulated Namibian hunting industry. Consequently, the Ministry has now introduced a new permit condition, to prohibit hunters with valid permits not to post or send photographs on public platforms but just to take photographs for their own use un their private capacities. The Ministry kindly requests that this new condition must be adhered to at all times.

Should you need any further clarity, do not hesitate to contact the Ministry.

Yours sincerely,

(signed)
Pohamba Shifeta, MP
MINISTER

NAPHA Press Release in response of statement by Minister

06 July 2018

Official Press Release on Statement made by Minister Pohamba Shifeta regarding social media restrictions of trophy hunted animals

On the outset, NAPHA wants to state that it is regrettable that our Minister of Environment and Tourism made this statement without any prior consultation with NAPHA as stakeholder and has given no prior warning of its release.
NAPHA supports the statement made by our Minister of Environment and Tourism, Honorable Pohamba Shifeta, which prohibits and restricts the placing of posts on social media of trophy animals hunted in Namibia. Whilst we are cognizant of the fact that there are many hunters and outfitters that adhere to responsible marketing, a number of individuals still do not comply with the sensible use of photos of trophies hunted, even though ample warnings have been communicated. This, together with recent uproars on human wildlife conflict issues and a lot of noise on social media platforms without valid facts and information, found the Minister with no other option but to react.
Namibia cannot afford any opposition to hunting, as it is dependent on responsible hunting for continued conservation through sustainable use, as per Namibia’s Constitution.
NAPHA has over the past years warned our members on various occasions against insensitive advertising on social media and the internet which can possibly lead to outbursts by animal rights groups against hunting in general. We believe that our members have adhered to this request. [Read more]

Tourism Index - 1st Quarter of 2018

FNB publishes a quarterly Tourism statistics report with interesting and useful information about one of Namibia's fastest growing industries. Follow the link below to read the full report.

Tourism Index - 1st Quarter of 2018

Statistics are vital to prove that our industries (tourism and hunting) are viable sectors, by showing that they contribute greatly to the country's income, create thousands of jobs and support/improve the lives and livelihoods of many local and rural communities.

It is always surprising, almost shocking, to see how few people partake in surveys, like the quarterly FNB Tourism Index.  Only 33 responses were received for the 1st quarters report.

We would therefore like to urge everyone to take 10 minutes to complete the survey, which can be done online, and help provide an insight into the tourism situation in Namibia.

Follow the link to complete the FNB Survey, or scan the QR code to be redirected. Deadline for submissions is 17 July 2018.
 

Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (FENATA)

Progress was made when a delegation of Tourism Industry Players were able to obtain favorable response from the Roads Authority allowing converted vehicles (eg. game viewers) to be tested for roadworthiness and licensed like before with immediate effect.

In addition, the authorities will also reconsider their decision regarding the age limitation of drivers for passengers for reward.

Roads Authority: Guideline to tourist vehicles
 

First Aid Refresher Course

27 July 2018

Skinning Course

23-25 July 2018

Namibia Professional Hunting Association
(NAPHA)

 
PO Box: 11291
Windhoek
Namibia

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 162 0977

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President, president@napha.com.na
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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