16 Nov 2017 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has secured financing worth more than N.dollars 227.9 million for projects targeting climate change resilience.
The funds, which according to the ministry were sourced from multilateral sources, also target sustainable land management and the conservation of biodiversity.
MET announced in a media statement on Wednesday that two projects will benefit from the funds.
The first project targets the development of pilot rural desalination plants using renewable power and membrane technology, and was approved by the Adaptation Fund of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
This N.dollars 72 million project will run for a four-year period and will pilot at the Grünau settlement and the Bethanie village in the //Kharas Region.
The project aims to assist the treatment of poor local groundwater quality to a level that complies with national standards for drinking water, using a process known as reverse osmosis.
The project was developed by NamWater, and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia will be the national implementing entity of the project, said Environmental Commissioner, Teofelus Nghitila in the media statement.
The second initiative that will be funded is the Namibia Integrated Landscape Approach for Enhancing Livelihoods and Environmental Governance to Eradicate Poverty (NILALEG) project.
This project is to be funded through the Global Environment Facility with approximately N.dollars 155.9 million and will be implemented over a five-year period.
It will be implemented through MET and the United Nations Development Programme.
The NILALEG project will promote an integrated landscape management approach at national level and in key agricultural and forest landscapes to reduce poverty through sustainable nature-based livelihoods, Nghitila said.
According to the statement, this project will have dedicated components to strengthen environmental governance, as well as a financing mechanism to upscale integrated landscape management and nature-based livelihoods.
Namibia is recognised as one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.