Urban areas should do more to become 'green': Shifeta

06 Jun 2017 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – With more than 50 per cent of Namibia’s population now residing in urban areas, more attention should be paid to environmental protection in these areas.
“While the connection of our rural populations with nature is clear, the connection of our urban population to nature can be forgotten,” Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said in a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday.
Namibia on Monday observed World Environment Day under the theme ‘Connecting people to nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’.
Shifeta said urban areas need to capitalise on economic and social opportunities provided by “becoming greener and developing more in harmony with nature.”
The minister said urban areas can become centres for environmental degradation through air pollution, littering and inappropriate management of waste, as well as through pollution of water resources.
“I am particularly concerned that this tendency is now occurring in our towns and cities across the country,” he said.
Shifeta said transitioning towards renewable energy and more sustainable forms of public transportation can help such areas reduce air pollution and become more energy secure in a manner which protects the environment.
World Environment Day falls on 05 June every year. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.