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PROJECTS & ISSUES

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

The following issues are currently being dealt with by NEWS. There are undoubtedly numerous other important environmental issues in Namibia. Unfortunately, NEWS does not have the capacity to take direct action on all environmental issues. The organisation focuses on monitoring prioritised issues through the collection and distribution of information in order to facilitate positive action. Where possible, NEWS works in close collaboration with Partner Organisations and relevant stakeholders to address issues.

STATEMENTS by NEWS:

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE FOR MARINE PHOSPHATE MINING (26.10.2016).... read more

CAPTURE OF MARINE WILDLIFE (26.09.2016).... read more

 

Recycling hazardous wastes in Namibia

Glass, tin cans, plastics … these are well known as recyclables, and Namibia is making great progress to reduce the volumes of materials that go into landfills. But what about seriously dangerous substances like used car oil and dead car batteries – can these be recycled? Yes they can, and like other materials, the achievements in Namibia are something to be proud of.
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Recycling hazardous wastes inNamibia

 

 

We say NO to PLASTIC

The first phase of our 'No Plastic' campaign is the bright and colourful cotton bags with eye catching designs.

It is our aim to motivate individuals and retailers to follow with similar ideas and initiatives.
The bags are for sale for @ N$30 available at our talks, or you are welcome to contact Hilde-Marie Botha, the office manager directly by phone +264 61 306450 or send your request by email: information@NEWS-Namibia.org.


Size: 38 x 41 cm (wxh) without the handles are perfect for shopping or a general 'carry bag.
The two colours are red and natural and slogan on one side only. The red bag has the slogan 'No Plastic is good NEWS' and the natural the 'Plastic is so last century'.

We say no to plastic
Are tradtional Healers contributingo the decline of the Blue Crane in Namibia?
Much has been published about the plight and decline of Blue Cranes Anthropoides paradiseus from Namibia over the last few years (Brown 1992, Simmons et al. 1996, Kolberg Simmons et al. 2006, Scott et al. 2009, Scott et al. Cranes are considered to be one of the world’s most range crane species; endemic to southern Africa as well as Endangered and seemingly declining in Namibia (Simmons and Brown, in press) and Globally Threatened (BirdLife International 2012).
Read more in the Ornithological Observations.....
Adult Blue Crane

Black-footed cat in Namibia

Distribution and conservation status
To study the distribution and conservation status of the black-footed cat in Namibia The Black-footed cat Research Project, Namibia started in 2012, is looking at the distribution and conservation status of the black-footed cat (mierhoopstier; klein gekolde kat) in Namibia. The blackfooted cat is the smallest and rarest of the African felids and little is known about its biology, behaviour and ecology. Also, the species is not legally protected in Namibia; it is merely scheduled as a “wild animal” and enjoys little protection from prosecution and indirect mortality. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species recommends further distributional research in Namibia and more ecological studies in drier habitat more typical of the species predicted range (Sliwa 2008). It is rarely seen and recorded and hence not well studied.

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This species is of conservation concern because of few historical and recent records, its restricted and patchy distribution and possibly decreasing population (Sliwa 2008). Namibia’s National Museum records indicate that few recent and historical records exist and that the distribution and habitat range of the species in Namibia is based on a predicted range map. Its distribution and conservation status has not yet been studied in Namibia. This species also forms part of Namibia’s unique biodiversity and should be conserved as a flagship species of our arid south Namibia. The predicted range of the species extends large parts of Namibia, yet few locality records exist (e.g. only two confirmed museum records).>
Download here the latest Project Update .....

Blackfooted Cat

Jackal management program (JMP)

The JMP started on August 1st 2010 with collection of baseline data about jackal movements and work on clearing the 3km perimeter fence around Okaukuejo camp. Camera traps were set at many suspected jackal entry points around the Okaukuejo perimeter and found that at these entry points more jackals were leaving Okaukuejo camp than were entering.
We are now collecting more information to understand where the majority of jackals are entering camp. It is likely that the low stone fence at the waterhole is the main entry point, however some jackals have been observed actually climbing over the 1.4 meter high perimeter fence, so additional mesh fencing may need to be added to the entire perimeter fence to solve this problem.
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The fence clearing is ahead of schedule due to the influx of enthusiastic local youth from the location willing to help as volunteers on the JMP. These hard-working volunteers have been a great asset to the project. The JMP is now waiting for NWR to supply (print) color information brochures to start the tourist education program. In the interim, printed sheets have been put up in many locations around the campgrounds to discourage tourists from providing food to jackals.
Activities planned for the coming months:

  • Elevate all rubbish bins in Okaukuejo on steel posts
  • Educate tourists about the negative impacts of feeding wildlife
  • Brief tour companies about the program
  • Reinforce both the perimeter and waterhole fences

     

  • Predator Control on Farmland

    Carnivores and raptors continue to create human-wildlife conflicts on farmland in Namibia and are often persecuted by farmers with the result that many populations are declining. In collaboration with partner organisations such as NARREC, NEWS is looking into the possibility of compiling information material for farmers that can help address and mitigate human-predator conflicts and assist in the conservation of predators in Namibia.

     

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