The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta joined by senior officials from the Ministry attended the Kasane elephant summit.

The President, H.E Hage Geingob also attend the heads of states summit on 7 May 2019 to conclude the activities of the five days elephant summit.

Minister Shifeta indicated that the resolutions of the summit are very important in assisting the region to move forward as they will now speak with one voice on issues of conservation and in particular elephant management.

He stressed that the involvement of local communities is crucial to ensure they benefit sustainably for co-existing and conserving elephants.

The Summit brings together heads of states, ministers and regional integration bodies for the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area among other with the ultimate aim to raise to awareness on the current status of the African Elephant as well to exchange ideas on the Human Elephant conflict and trade of elephants and their parts.

The African elephant has been subject of much discussion in international fora such as the Convention on international Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). A moratorium on international trade has been in place since 2008 until 2017 but illegal trade has increased. Meanwhile ivory stocks held by countries whose populations are under Appendix II have continue to grow placing a burden on such countries to secure those resources.