10-14 October, 2017

This past week we joined the North West Lion working group for a series of feedback meetings in the Anabeb, Puros, and Sesfontein conservancies. Over the past months the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has developed a Human-Lion Conflict Management Plan for North West Namibia, which is intended to move the region forward on finding solutions to helping lions and farmers co-exist. Chief among the recommendations of the report is the creation of Rapid Response Teams to deal with human-lion conflict when it occurs. Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), a partner of this project, has recently hired Cliff Tjikundi to head the Region’s conflict response. IRDNC and Ministry officials came together to provide the conservancies with feedback and elicit further concerns. Each of the communities contributed valuable insight into ways forward in dealing with this pressing issue. Thanks to the Anabeb, Puros, and Sesfontein conservancies for generously hosting us.

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