U.S. Donates Land Cruisers to Support Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Windhoek – United States Ambassador Lisa Johnson handed over two Toyota Land Cruisers to the project “Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Namibia”, a project managed by the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF).  One vehicle will be used by NNF in the Windhoek area and the other by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Kunene. The project …

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U.S. Ambassador: Together, We Must Save Namibia’s Rhinos

Khorixas – In celebration of World Rhino Day, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson joined the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the World Wildlife Fund to call for protection of Namibia’s rhinoceros population.  “Together, we must save Namibia’s rhinos from illegal poaching,” she said in Khorixas at a ceremony to mark Rhino Day, which occurs …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the World Rhino Day Celebration

I am very happy to be here today with you all to celebrate World Rhino Day.  Many of you here are those who are responsible for protecting Namibia’s natural resources, including its rhinos, and you are to be congratulated on the Kunene region’s remarkable success in doing so in recent years. Wildlife trafficking is a …

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Regional Judiciary and Prosecutor Workshop under USAID’s Combating Wildlife Crime Program

Thank you for inviting me to join you here today. Please allow me to begin by acknowledging the important work you all do to safeguard the rule of law across southern Africa and to recognize its linkage to the global wildlife context. Illegal wildlife trade and other forms of transnational organized crime are a critical …

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United States Embassy handover of binoculars to Minister of Environment and Tourism

Windhoek – The U.S. Embassy provided the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism N$6.8 million of equipment funded through the U.S. Foreign Military Financing Program (FMFP) for biodiversity to be used in Namibia’s anti-poaching efforts. These 65 pairs of low-light binoculars are the first items to be delivered. Other items arriving over the next couple …

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Launch of Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit

Background information for the implementation of the ICCWC Toolkit and ICCWC Indicator Framework in Namibia (PDF 335 KB) Good morning! I am happy to be a part of this launch of a new project that will help Namibia in its strong efforts to fight wildlife crime. Under the leadership of the Honorable Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, and through collaboration with police, prosecutors, magistrates, the ACC, NGOs, and communities, Namibia is …

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Remarks: U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson at the Inauguration of MET Dog Unit

Waterberg Anti-Poaching Training Center Thanks to the leadership of the Honorable Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta, Namibia continues to be a model for conservation in the region. Namibia has had great success in combating poaching in recent years, including through the highly successful community-based conservation program, the rhino custodian program, and other collaborative …

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U.S. Embassy brings U.S. Fish and Wildlife Expert Speaker in collaboration with NAMPOL Officials

Windhoek – The U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office recently accompanied the Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Attaché and an experienced FWS Investigator on a speaker program in the North of Namibia focused on Wildlife Trafficking Investigations.  The target audience was Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL) officers stationed at regional headquarters in Kamanjab, Rundu, and …

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Announcement of the INL Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Grant

Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton announcement of the INL Combating Wildlife Trafficking Grant  Namibia is a country known around the world for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife.  Tourists flock here by the thousands every year for a chance to see rhinos, cheetahs and elephants roaming wild and free in the Land of the Brave.  Namibia is …

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Daniel M. Ashe, meets with the Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta

The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Daniel M. Ashe, met with the Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta on October 12 in Windhoek.  The two discussed wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts in Namibia with a focus on Namibia’s community conservancy model.  During his visit, Director Ashe visited Namibia’s Etosha National Park, …

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National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

U.S. Ambassador Thomas F. Daughton remarks for Opening the Second Regional Workshop for Prosecutors and Magistrates on Combating Wildlife Trafficking Good morning.  It is a pleasure to welcome you to Windhoek and to this second workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking Crime.  The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the United Nations Office on Drugs …

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