One African country rethinks the relationship between man and nature and its related guidelines. The details are unknown for now, and more specifically, Namibia is now paying compensation to their family members who become victims of crocodile or hippo. Under certain conditions.
According to the report by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in 2016, in 2016, six deadly victims of the wildlife attack in the country in 2016 – the Africanews news agency writes. The government has therefore decided to receive financial compensation for relatives of those who are suffering from future attacks.
Going to a conflict between man and beast
Tourism is the strongest sector in Namibia’s economy. According to an earlier report showing trends, around 1.3 million foreigners visit the country each year.
Most of them (86 percent) are tourists, most of whom come for leisure, most of them not only for a few days, but for vacations.
Tourism contributes approximately 2.7 billion US dollars, or about 715 billion forints annually, to the country’s GDP.
Much of the tourism services are related to wildlife and wildlife. At the same time, the relationship between man and wildlife – according to the regime in Namibia – is seriously affected by conflicts, which need to be addressed and discouraged.
Therefore, in 2017, an expert workshop has been set up to develop solutions that can help people and wild animals coexist.
It turns out: it’s not just that irresponsible tourists are at risk of watching wild animals in their habitat. The locals are at least concerned with those who prefer to swim in crocodile-like waters or just in the waters of the hippos.
In 2018, there were four deadly victims of animal attacks.
Three people were crocodiles, one was a hippopotamus.
The Namibian leadership therefore decided to pay 100,000 Namibian dollars to the victims’ relatives as financial support.
This is about 8300 US dollars, ie approx. Corresponds to HUF 2.2 million.
Cases could be avoided
At the same time, the Minister of the Environment indicated that they would not pay compensation if the person who was attacked by the animals was reluctant to swim or to bathe in the water. He believes that attacks could be avoided if people were to comply with the most basic precautions.
For example, they do not bathe where crocodiles and hippos live.
The minister also said that the government again calls on the leaders of parents and rural communities and by tradition presidents to pay special attention to children and not allow them to drift into hazardous waters.
The minister also asked the rivers and waters alongside those living together to bathe and dress the clothes to deliver their homes to the required amount of water and not to bathe or wash away where they are at high risk.
At the same time, the Head of Defense has announced the establishment of a Wildlife Inspectorate in the western region of Kavango, which will be responsible for protecting elephants and crocodiles.