By Confidente Reporter
GERMAN Ambassador to Namibia, Christian-Matthias Schlaga, and Save the Rhino Trust Namibia Chief Operations Officer, Simson Uri-Khob, have jointly unveiled the upgraded 56.4 kWh ground-mounted off-grid photovoltaic solar system at the trust’s Palmwag Base Station.
Representatives of the German Embassy, as well as trustees of Save the Rhino Trust, and other donors, attended the event recently.
The Federal Foreign Office supports the project through the German Embassy, within the framework of its micro-project fund, with a financial assistance worth N$433 000.
The German Embassy said in a statement that it is proud to have been able to make an important contribution towards the successful work of trust, thereby enabling the survival of the black rhino.
Since its founding years ‚ the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia has played a major role in the safekeeping of rhinos, which have been under increased threat in Southern Africa, and lately also in Namibia, due to the illegal smuggling of their horns.
The organisation performs regular anti-poaching patrols in rugged terrain of more than a million hectares, with few fences, no national park status and no controls over who goes in or out of the area.
For optimal logistics, the MaiGoHa Field Base Station had been erected some years back at Palmwag, and has become the hub of a regional collaborative rhino protection effort. The Field Base Station is not connected to the national electricity grid, but has managed until recently with a small solar power system. Rapid expansion of the organisation required an upgrade of the existing facilities, as the base now provides board and accommodation for 50 to 70 staff members and fieldworkers, and also requires sufficient electricity for electronic monitoring and data processing equipment.
Save the Rhino Trust Namibia was established in 1982 and is a non-governmental (NGO) wildlife organisation, which relies wholly on funding from private sponsors, companies and other wildlife organisations.
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