Monday, March 04, 2013

translated from French

Environmentalists and tourism professionals in Namibia took off not: they accuse shooting the fourth episode of Mad Max, "The road rage" have damaged in 2012 protected areas in the Namib desert, destruction confirmed by report which AFP has consulted a copy Monday.

The filming of the Australian George Miller, the cast of which is the South African Charlize Theron, took place between July and December in a region of the Namib Desert National Park recently become DoroB.

"They created tracks in pristine areas and they even once prevented visitors walk in a tourist area because they were filming," he accused Tommy Collard, a tour operator based in the seaside town of Swakopmund (west ).

"The worst is that the film crew attempted to erase traces pulling nets above (sand, ed) and uprooting plants," said Mr. Collard. "We met a lot of photographic evidence with other coastal tour operators," he said, adding that small animals such as lizards, geckos and chameleons had suffered as a rare variety of cactus.

The independent authority for the conservation and management of the Namibian coast (Nacoma) was seized and commissioned a report, released in December Namibian Ministry of Tourism."Yes, areas of the Namib Desert have been destroyed," confirmed the report's author, Joh Henschel: "In one area, a plow was used."

"The environmental permits and authorizations issued by the Ministry of Environment for the project Mad Max were not specific enough to guide the management of environmental," said the report, seen by AFP.

Namibia Film Commission (NFC) has responded by purchasing a full-page advertisement in the government newspaper New Era for "refute allegations" about the shooting. Production "to our satisfaction has faced up to its responsibilities in Namibia (...) We have no objection," said she, accusing the local media to report "against truths" and "dull" the country's reputation.

The Ministry of the Environment for his part issued a statement expressing his satisfaction on how the film crew had completed the rehabilitation of the area of shooting.

In 2012, Namibia has submitted an application to UNESCO for the southern part of the Namib is declared "heritage of humanity". This area offers a landscape of dunes crystallized remarkably sculpted by wind and transformed over time.


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