08 Nov 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) - A two-day meeting of the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Department of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources members started in the capital on Thursday.
The meeting is aimed at, among others, the promotion, development, conservation and sustainability of the management of forests and trees.
In a speech read on his behalf, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika said there is a need for promotion of regional integration.
As a region, we need to work together in order to achieve our regional objectives, one of which is to promote regional integration, stressed Misika, adding that they are aware that the SADC was established with a key objective of fast-tracking development in the region.
SADC has developed various protocols to guide its operations, with forestry being one of the sectors where the development of a protocol has recently been attained, he further explained.
The permanent secretary said Namibia has fully participated in the development of the protocol and was ready to sign and ratify it soon after it was completed.
He urged the participants to fully integrate the provisions of the protocol into the deliberations during the course of the meeting.
Misika noted that in line with Article 12 of the SADC Protocol, Namibia has embraced Community-Based Forest Management as one of its leading forestry programmes.
This article makes a clear provision that enables the local people to fully participate in forestry resource management and to ensure that they benefit from the use of such resources.