By Juergen Steinmetz
The Namibia Minister of Environment and Tourism Uahekua Herunga last week Thursday inaugurated new and eco-sensitive park stations in the Bwabwata National Park in Caprivi.
The newly unveiled park stations will enable the ministry’s staff to perform their duties better and they offer an improved experience for visitors to Bwabwata. Staff had lived and worked in deplorable and old accommodation facilities used previously by members of the South African Defence Force before independence. The new park infrastructure was erected in the Susuwe Park within the Bwabwata National Park and at Ngenda station in the Mudumu National Park. Herunga said the energy-saving new staff houses are an investment and a benchmark for other parks to follow. He also handed 70 bicycles to game rangers to use while patrolling the park that has experienced an upsurge in elephant poaching in recent months. The minister also launched the integrated development plan for the Namibian component of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area commonly known as KAZA TFCA.
While at the same event there was discussion on the poaching which has been seen in the Caprivi Region. Uahekua Herunga commented that the government authorities, the communities and NGOs working in the region were working hard to bring it under control.
As we know, Bwabwata National Park has villages within it and the other parks have campsites run by the communities so it is in the interests of the people to look after their animals. The Namibian Defence Force is also being used to combat poaching and they are working with NamParks. More....