19 Feb 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) The third fully revised edition of a book on environmental law and policy in Namibia was launched in the capital on Thursday.
The first edition of the book titled Environmental Law and Policy in Namibia - Towards Making Africa the Tree of Life, was launched in 2011, and the second in 2013.
The third edition includes some new chapters and sections on topics such as environmental management and disaster risk management.
Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta said at the launch environmental law and policy have one common goal, which is to achieve environmental sustainability within the overall framework of sustainable development.
Obviously environmental sustainability has not been a major concern in the past at global and national level, otherwise Namibia would not have to deal with a range of difficult environmental challenges, including amongst others land degradation; water scarcity; pollution; deforestation; biodiversity loss; and climate change, he said.
Addressing these challenges, he said, requires unimpeded determination on the part of policy-makers.
Policy-makers need to make informed decisions that are just and sustainable, both for people and the environment.
The book offers a comprehensive collection of policy areas where environmental concerns are crucial and supports policy-makers by providing clear and accessible briefings, policy recommendations and research findings on timely topics at an interface of environment and development.
The book is multi-authored and has 606 pages. It was edited by Oliver Ruppel, a full-time professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch and the director of the Development and Rule of Law Programme in South Africa; and Katharine Ruppel-Schlichting, a senior legal researcher and director of the Meissen Institutes Forum of Law, International Relations and Development.
At the same event, Ruppel emphasised that mining is a lifeline for Namibia, which is why they introduced chapters dealing with mining, energy law and renewable energies.
We have introduced new chapters to this book that have never been reflected in the past such as waste management and pollution control. Waste is a very serious issue for Africa and the oceans. We have also introduced new chapters in response to the impact of climate change, he added.
The launch was amongst others attended by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia, Christian Schlaga.