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Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

11. December 2018, inke - Environment

The Namibian Government has banned plastic bags in national parks and nature reserves as from 22 November 2018. Visitors and their vehicles will be searched at park entrances. A spot fine of N$500 (about 32 Euros) must be paid, when found with forbidden plastic bags inside a park by officials. Alternatively, a prison term of up to six months could be ordered or both a fine and imprisonment.

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

07. December 2018, inke - Environment

Over large parts of Namibia the sky has a greyish white tinge during August and September. From a plane you will definitely notice the layer of smog which hovers up to 12000 feet (3657 metres) above sea level, or about 2000 metres above the ground. Countless bushfires, some of them huge, are the reason for the greyish white sky and for air pollution at levels high above the ground – especially in north-eastern Namibia and in neighbouring Angola, Zambia and Botswana.

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

Namibian Economics to the point - November 2018

30. November 2018, inke - Economics

The Hosea Kutako International Airport will receive N$245 million for upgrades, while petrol and diesel prices increased by 50 cents and 70 cents respectively. The Rössing uranium mine in the Erongo Region, will be sold to China. Namibia’s inflation rate rose to 5.1 percent in October, up from 4.8 percent in September, the National Statistics Agency reported this month. 

Namibian Economics to the point - November 2018

MET considers measures to safeguard the wild horses

29. November 2018, inke - Environment

The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism MET has responded to recent appeals to secure the survival of the wild horses of the Namib. In a press release published on 26 November 2018, they acknowledged that the drought of the five past years and the predation by a pack of spotted hyenas brought the wild horses population on the brink of extinction.

MET considers measures to safeguard the wild horses

Second time’s a charm – Gondwana enters teams for the 2018 Nedbank Desert Dash

29. November 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Sport

It is not a surprise that Gondwana Collection is on this mountain biking roller-coaster for the second time, with two social and two competitive teams entered. Furthermore, Gondwana looks forward to welcoming cyclists at the Langer Heinrich water point for a quick stop, drink and snack.   

Second time’s a charm – Gondwana enters teams for the 2018 Nedbank Desert Dash

Tadpole shrimps in Namibia’s puddles

27. November 2018, inke - Environment

The eggs of tadpole shrimps, or triops, can survive in the dusty soil of arid areas for years. The young shrimps hatch when heavy rain showers leave pools of water which do not dry out within a few days. These living fossils have inhabited the earth for more than 250 million years. They are a genus of small crustaceans in the order Notostraca. According to the Namibia Biodiversity Database, only two species are known in Namibia: Triops cancriformis, the tadpole shrimp, and Triops granarius.

Tadpole shrimps in Namibia’s puddles

Small birds of prey in Namibia’s cities

20. November 2018, inke - Environment

Especially in drought years, many species of birds still find food in towns and settlements. The green oases provide shelter, food and water. Countless feeding stations, set up by bird lovers in the cities, offer a constant supply of food. Seed-eaters and fruit-eaters can survive in the gardens of the cities. Some birds remain in the man-made habitats, others return to the wild as soon as conditions improve there.

Small birds of prey in Namibia’s cities

THE WILD HORSES OF THE NAMIB ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION - IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CALLED FOR!

19. November 2018, inke - Environment

The last five years have been harsh for the wild horses of the Namib, with severe drought and predation by a pack of spotted hyenas, which moved into the area in 2013. Numbers have plummeted dramatically from around 300 to a mere 80 horses. The lives of the remaining horses are still in immediate danger.

THE WILD HORSES OF THE NAMIB ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION - IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CALLED FOR!

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