Various local side events taking place at COP 11

16 Sep 2013 06:30
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) has organised five side events to take place during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations’ Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11).
The conference kicked off in the capital on Monday and ends on 27 September 2013.
Local institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Polytechnic of Namibia; Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU); Namibia Resource Consultants; Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC); Agribank; as well as various local farmers’ associations will present various discussions and debates during the conference.
DRFN in a media statement issued on Monday noted that the foundation has been tasked by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to develop five official integrated Namibian side events during the COP, as well as two special events.
“A lot of Namibian organisations are contributing to these events and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the Namibian-German-Co-operation has funded the events,” the media statement read.
Themes for the side events will amongst others include ‘Namibian farming in a variable environment’; ‘Size Matters: sustainable land management (SLM) and livelihoods’; ‘Measuring what matters: monitor desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) from the bottom up’; ‘People matter: institutional development and monitoring of SLM’; as well as ‘Everything matters in DLDD’.
Two roundtable events will also take place, and these are ‘Approaches to sustainable land management in communal lands of Namibia’ and ‘Land tenure and SLM in communal farming areas of Namibia’.
This is the first time a Conference of Parties of the UNCCD is held in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Seminars on which diverse issues relating to the objectives of the convention are presented and discussed by various organisations are set to take place; while a high-level segment from 23 to 24 September in which ministers and heads of delegations will bring political momentum to the deliberations of country parties on the best options to foster the implementation of the convention, is also on the agenda.
Also set to take place on 23 and 24 September is a business forum on sustainable land management, which will bring together business leaders, politicians, experts and other stakeholders from across the globe.