Hardap land use plan launched, other regions next

09 Mar 2016 18:50pm
MARIENTAL, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma Wednesday launched the Hardap Integrated Regional Land Use Plan (HIRLUP) at Mariental.
The plans are designed to assist regions and the country as a whole to make use of land viably and sustainably for the economic benefit of its citizens.
“Our survival depends on the land, therefore we should be aggressive on the implementation of the land plans,” Nujoma said before handing over copies of the book to representatives of the Regional Council and traditional authorities of the Hardap Region.
He however advised those responsible for implementing to remain cognisant of the climatic vulnerabilities the country faces while designing development initiatives.
“We have to find solutions to take our communities forward and also continuously explore and suggest adaptation processes amidst our international commitment to combat desertification.”
The plans are designed to give guidance on the potential of land and direct visioning in specific relevant sectors such as animal husbandry, crop production and mining, according to Integrated Expert for Land Use in the lands ministry Ulrich Scheffler.
He explained that all plans are sensitive to what is socially acceptable for communities and are also highly sensitive to sustainable issues, considering that climate change may worsen.
Nujoma said besides the plan for Hardap, a pilot plan for the //Kharas Region was already sanctioned by Cabinet with plans for Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi to be rolled out next.
After that, plans for Omaheke and Otjozondjupa will be developed.
Hardap Governor Esme Isaack called for the concerted and interdisciplinary coordination of all stakeholders to maximise sectoral approaches, dialogue and synergies to enhance development in the region.
“Let us not forget that consultants only facilitated the process, but we as region authorities are the main actors to take full ownership towards the realisation of beneficial outcomes.”
Each plan cost around N.dollars 5 million to develop and was designed by private consultants Stubenrauch Planning Consultants and Geocarta Namibia, and was overseen by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Namibian Government, with some initial support from the Spanish Government.