IPPR says forest officials are not doing their jobs of guarding natural resources

IPPR says forest officials are not doing their jobs of guarding natural resources

Forest officials are not doing their jobs in terms of guarding the natural resources.
These were the words of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) researcher Frederico Links at the Depleting of Capital Threats to Wildlife, Sand and Forest event.
The researcher says that it's evident that the country's natural resources wealth is clearly in cumulative and increasingly man-made that those with the mandate to safeguard the natural wealth are not near to fulfilling the mandate adequately.
This he says that laws on guiding the natural resources need to be enforced to protect the ecosystem to benefit the next generation.
He further says that Namibians need to take ownership of serving the wildlife in the country.
According to IPPR most of the countries natural capital that has escalated since 2015 can be attributed to a failure of Government and entities that have failed to construct functions concerning the safeguarding of some the Namibian natural asset.
This includes illegal sand-mining that has damaged communal areas, wildlife habitats and settlements among others especially across the northern part of the country.
Despite the environment authorities being radar for the past decade they have been slow in dealing with the destructiveness of unregulated and illegal sand-mining operators.
Wildlife permits need to be issued with rules and regulations that need to be thoroughly observed.
The IPPR has come up with recommendations to better the situation in protecting the ecosystem in the country.
This includes that the protected areas and wildlife management bill be finalised and that the national strategy on wildlife protection and law enforcement be finalised, adopted and implemented among others.