Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Coast Holiday Makers to Adhere to Rules

The holiday season is in full swing and with the expectation of many holiday makers heading to the coast for the festive season, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga has called on all visitors of the Dorob National Park to acquaint themselves with the rules and regulations regarding the conservational park.

Herunga who launched the rules and regulations pamphlet at a media briefing this week stated that unlike other national parks where strict control and law enforcement is possible within fenced-off or clearly demarcated boundaries, the Ministry relied solely on the cooperation of the public to take care of the national park.

Many activities have recently taken place along the national coastline such as filming of international block buster movies, the influx of tourists and an increase in transport logistics and mining which Herunga says contribute to the further straining on the coast's natural resources and at the same time contribute to economic activities that improve people's livelihoods, hence the necessary checks and balances had to be carried out in order to properly manage these activities.

"It is thus understandable that we need to take care of this unique national asset, as it is the most frequented coastal area and is exposed and subject to actions and conduct of humankind every day. Because of its difference, we as citizens or visitors should play our collective role in safeguarding the natural treasures for generations to come," said the minister. He further said that the plea to safeguard the conservancy areas also applied to the Skeleton Coast Park, Namib-Naukluft Park and Sperrgebiet National Park, which together with the Dorob National Park for the 8th largest protected area in the world.

With an area of 8118 square kilometer, the Park is the fifth largest protected area in the country and contributes significantly to conservation through the protection of the coastal area and benefits to the local communities and the country at large. The park hosts and serves as a refuge for some very special biodiversity, allows safe passage to numerous migratory species and includes both important fauna and flora areas.

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