Capital undergoes spring cleaning for COP 11 and ATWS

08 Sep 2013 05:20
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Hundreds of people armed with black bags made their way through the capital on Saturday as part of a clean-up campaign held in light of two big upcoming events set to take place here.
The 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) meeting takes place in Windhoek from 16 to 27 September, while another big upcoming event is the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS), which is scheduled to take place in Windhoek and Swakopmund from 26 to 31 October this year.
The clean-up was a joint effort by the City of Windhoek and Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and saw the army of cleaners supported by tipper trucks and front-end loaders.
“Let us involve everybody and let's clean up the country as tourism involves everybody,” the Director of Tourism in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Sem Shikongo said in an interview with Nampa during the campaign.
Shikongo said Namibia is known as 'a very safe and clean destination'.
'We need to maintain that, and to give every Namibian a sense and a piece of information on what is to happen at the summit,” he added.
Hundreds of participants from, amongst others, the Women and Men Network Against Crime, the Polytech of Namibia, the office of the Khomas Regional Council, City of Windhoek, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and Environment Ministry were involved in the clean-up.
An upbeat mood prevailed as they collected rubbish in areas such as along Independence Avenue and Eveline Street. And they did not end there, as many - mostly women – took the time to educate residents along the way on healthy living in a clean environment.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), Gita Paetzold told this news agency the clean-up campaign will also be rolled out in other towns like Omaruru, Karibib and Swakopmund.
“The campaign is a way to ensure that tourism is everybody's business,” she said.