UNDP and Yahoo Japan join forces to scale up wildlife protection project
Under the newly signed agreement,
UNDP Namibia and Yahoo Japan will build patrol camp
in Etosha National Park
Windhoek, 3 April 2017 –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yahoo! Japan on 9 March 2017 to enhance wild animal protection and anti-poaching activities in Namibia.
Under this MoU, the first global private sector partnership secured by UNDP Namibia, Yahoo! Japan will contribute five million Japanese Yen (approximately 44,000 USD) for the construction of an anti-poaching patrol camp in Etosha National Park (ENP), the country’s flagship national park.
In recent years, the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Namibia has increased at an alarming rate, putting the very their survival is serious jeopardy. Poaching has adverse impacts on wildlife and biodiversity conservation, tourism and socio-economic development at large.
Since 2014, the Government of Namibia and its Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with the support of UNDP and funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have been spearheading a four-year anti-poaching campaign called “Strengthening the Capacity of Protected Area System to Address New Management Challenges” (PASS) in the country’s 21 protected areas, including Etosha National Park, where it helped provide training and equipment to game patrols.
Etosha National Park is one of the areas which are seriously damaged by poaching. The size of Etosha, which covers a total surface area of about 2,227,000 ha with a boundary fence of about 850 km, makes law enforcement such as patrolling and arresting poachers and anti-poaching operations challenging.
The new patrol camp will be fully equipped with a water provision system and a solar power generator, will house game patrol units, rangers, and community members who participates in anti-poaching patrol activities. The improvement in camping facilities will ensure that the entire park is covered by patrol teams in-order to prevent further poaching.
Mr. Jonas Heita at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who is UNDP PASS Project Manager, says that “We are grateful for the opportunity to work on eradication of poaching which threatens wild animals and tourism in our country with a donation from Yahoo! Japan. Facilities that will be built under the project are fundamental for anti-poaching team to conduct activities safely. We will make our efforts to repay warm support from Yahoo! Japan and to develop a long-term partnership with them.”
In the SDGs and TICAD IV, the global issue of protection of life on land and biodiversity is widely recognized. Active participation of the private sector on the global issue is encouraged. UNDP also proactively contributes to the fight against the anti-poaching through various approaches such as strengthening the capacity of protected area system in Namibia.
UNDP will further strengthen private sector partnership to support developing countries to implement development initiatives and peace contribution activities.
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