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Support from Germany for the Namibia Wild Dog Project!

The German Development Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, Sponsor the Namibia Wild Dog Project!

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The German Ambassador, Mr Huekmann of BMZ (The German Development Cooperation & The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development), handed over the donation of 10 motion detection cameras for the Namibia Wild Dog Project at AfriCat HQ in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

"Lions, leopards and cheetahs are on every tourist’s wish-list when they come to Namibia. This might not be the case with a predator like the wild dog although equally endangered and important for a rich and diverse nature. For that reason, we found that the contribution of the three organisations Namibia Nature Foundation, N/a’an ku se and AfriCat to the conservation of the wild dog populations in Namibia deserves our appreciation and support.

As we have learned from the proposal for the Namibia Wild Dog Project, that relatively few viable breeding units remain. Especially important would be their conservation along the corridor Etosha – Mangetti – Khaudum National Park. These are areas that form part of the Integrated Park Management Programme supported by our development cooperation.

"The focused work on threatened species is mainly supported by courageous and dedicated non-governmental organizations like AfriCat. They bring to our attention that flagship species like elephants, rhinoceros and the big cats as well as other predators are endangered. Extraordinary measures are necessary to guarantee their survival for future generations in a world that is rapidly changing.

We also know that many of the endangered species can only survive when we address the difficult issue of human-wildlife conflicts. A poor farmer losing his small livestock to some predators will hardly become a champion for their conservation. During the International Wild Dog Workshop in 2011, the Ministry of Environment & Tourism identified some of the areas mentioned before as areas where not much research has been carried out. We have little knowledge with regards to African Wild Dogs although they are a priority in terms of its conservation in Namibia. As we know from research on Cheetahs, it is possible to find measures that at least reduce human-wildlife conflicts.

It is therefore a great pleasure for me to donate to AfriCat and the Namibia Wild Dog Project, a set of infra-red cameras and accessories to support their research efforts that will improve the conservation of wild dogs and contribute to reducing conflicts between farmers and wild dogs.

I wish you all success in this important work."

The German Ambassador, Mr Onno Hueckmann


Read More:
The Namibia Wild Dog Project.
NAWDP Reports and Updates 2013



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