The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) has been allocated a total budget of N$ 525 million for the 2021/22 financial year.
Presenting the N$ 524 million budget in the National Assembly on Thursday, environment minister Pohamba Shifita said N$ 437 million will go towards operations of which 85 per cent goes to personnel expenditures, while N$ 86 million will be utilized by the development budget.
Highlighting the ministry’s main budgetary priorities, Shifeta said N$ 187 million will be used by the Wildlife and Protected Area Management.
“This is the largest programme of the Ministry and focuses mainly on the management of our 20 protected areas, anti-poaching operations, prevention and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict and support to the community based natural resource management programme, he said.
The Protection and Management of Key Species and Natural Habitats is allocated a total of N$ 26 million to focus on scientific research in an effort to protect and manage key species and natural resources.
Furthermore, the Tourism Growth Development and Gaming Regulations has been allocated N$ 17 million aimed at reviving and rebooting the tourism industry in line with the International Tourism Revival Initiative.
Equally, the Environment and Natural Resources Protection has been allocated a total of N$ of 125 million, to sustain forest management, implementation of various multilateral environmental agreements as well as environmental education, awareness, and education for sustainable development.
Shifeta further indicated that the Infrastructure and Development Maintenance Monitoring and Evaluation has been allocated N$ 80 million to focus mainly on the construction of new infrastructure, maintenance and upgrading of parks’ fences, tourist roads, water points, and waste management facilities in protected areas.
He also noted that the Policy, Supervision, and Support Services has been allocated N$ 87 million to focus on enhancing organisational performance and improving service delivery.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)