15 May 2015 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) - The Environment Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia awarded close to N.dollars 350 000 in cash prizes to the winners and runners-up in the first-ever Sustainable Development Awards ceremony on Wednesday.
They were awarded for their contributions in a number of categories, amongst them natural resource management and utilisation; environment excellence among industries; thought leadership; environmental education for sustainability; and pioneering journalists in the field of sustainable development.
Speaking at the event in Windhoek, Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta commended the EIF and the Sustainable Development Advisory Council (SDAC) for the initiative, noting that it is wise to encourage Namibians to play a part by promoting a green economy that maintains sustained growth.
To maintain and increase productivity under climate change scenarios, Namibia requires further investments and a transformational approach that places green economy as a hub for sustained economic growth, he said.
The minister said efforts should be focused on promoting strategies, mechanisms and goals that are relevant, achievable and measurable, and that take into consideration the private sector and specifically, small and medium enterprises,.
Shifeta encouraged the winners and runners-up in the various categories to continue integrating sustainable principles in their operations and called on other institutions and individuals to take part in the awards next year.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same occasion, Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Advisory Council Malan Lindeque said competition was fierce in each category.
Although the number of institutions that submitted was lower than expected (18 in total excluding the though leadership category), the applications received have proved to be outstanding and competition was fierce in each category, he noted.
Lindeque added that at the heart of sustainable development is the need to conserve the environment and the integration of environmental protection into how Namibians develop as a nation.
The winners in the various categories are as follows:
Ohorongo Cement (environmental excellence among industries); Ncumcara Community Forest
(natural resource management and utilisation); Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (environmental education for sustainability); and freelance journalist Absalom Shigweda (pioneering journalists in the field of environmental sustainability). John Kasaona won the thought leadership category.
The runners-up in the various categories are as follows:
Wolwedans Collections (environmental excellence among industries); Okongo Community
Forests (natural resource management and utilisation); Cheetah Conservation Fund (environmental education for sustainability) and photojournalist at the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) Pearl Coetzee (pioneering journalists in the field of environmental sustainability).