09 November 2018

Namibia bans plastic bags in game parks or nature reserves!

Namibia has banned plastic bag in the county's protected areas, such as National Parks, with immediate effect. If found in possession of plasic bags, visitors will be finded N$500. The amendment to the regulation relating to the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1974 (4 of 1875) to restrict the use of plastic bags in national parks was alreay approved and gazetted in 2017 (Government Gazette 6285, 13 April 2018, p. 3, 4). Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is putting in place the necessary systems to enforce the ban of plasic bags.

Namibia, Etosha National Park, watering hole, water hole
  • (1) No person shall enter a game park or nature reserve with a plastic bag.
  • (2) Notwithstanding  subregulation (1), a person may enter a game park or nature reserve with a plastic bag -
    • (a) designed to be used for the disposal of waste;
    • (b) designed for agricultural purposes;
    • (c) used for sampling or analysis;
    • (d) that constitutes, or forms an integral part of, the packaging in which goodsare sealed prior to sale in the local market or for export; or
    • (e) that is a transparent resealable bag.
  • (3) A person who contravenes subregulation (1) commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding N$500 or to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

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