The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism with support from GIZ Namibia, and the German government will be inaugurating water infrastructure erected for human-wildlife conflict management (HWCM) and to enhance livelihoods of communities n the Kunene Region.
The water infrastructure upgrade project which costs a total of N$7 million will be officially inaugurated by the minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, and Obeth Kandjoze, Director-General of the National Planning commission.
Even though it is impossible to completely eradicate human-wildlife conflict in Namibia, the ministry is implementing proactive strategies to manage the conflicts effectively and efficiently.
The growing wildlife populations in particular that of elephants have resulted in frequent human-wildlife conflict within the Kunene region, hence requiring urgent intervention.
The entire water infrastructure project consists of the rehabilitating and upgrading of 18 boreholes in total and entails rehabilitating and cleaning of boreholes to ensure maximum pumping efficiency.
The project will also provide construction of elephant protection walls to protect solar panel pumping systems. The project will also ensure the construction of elephant dams (reservoirs) to ensure water provision for the animals.