By Confidente Reporter
AN estimated N$50 000 that was recently pumped into the Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP) by Nedbank, will help the anti-poaching agency research and develop initiatives to effectively protect species as well as combat poaching in the country, the agency’s chief operating officer, Tinus Hansen said.
ISAP, which is a valued member of the country’s anti-poaching task force, has multipronged approaches that help protect Namibia’s endangered species, including rhino, elephants and lions.
It gathers information through its digital platforms, the 555 55 SMS Poaching Hotline and personnel on the ground.
It then processes the information into intelligence to be used by anti-poaching authorities or organizations, including the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Namibian Police Protected Resource Division.
ISAP also relies on communities to amplify on the ground operations. Hansen, thus explained that the relationship between wildlife and people is important.
“Without the custodianship of rural communities, the saving of wildlife against poaching will be in vain, and it is therefore critical to consider our wildlife and our people as inseparably linked,” he said.
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