Namibia receives N.dollars 120 million for climate change project

04 Mar 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia has received N.dollars 120 million from the Green Climate Fund to implement, in the next five years, a climate change adaptation project that assists communities living with landscapes threatened by climate change.
Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta made this announcement at a media conference on Monday.
The project will be conducted through the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF).
This comes after the 2018 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed the gradual warming over the last three decades with projections of a two degrees increase in temperature, singling out Namibia and Botswana, saying they will face severe water stress.
The project will be implemented at large landscapes, namely; Central Northern; lower Eastern; Kavango West and East; Kunene North, South and Daures; as well as Zambezi East, West and Kyaramacan.
“These landscapes encompass most of Namibia’s conservancies and community forests and are home to [the] majority of the natural resources-reliant communities covering one fifth of Namibia’s landscape surface, and accommodating more than 200 000 people,” Shifeta explained.
He said the project aims to roll out ecosystem-based approaches at these large landscapes to restore sensitive ecosystems such as wetlands, river basins and catchment areas as well as for field fire management, creating compatible land uses at landscape level and facilitating value chains of natural resources.
“This approved project is based on the premise that the community livelihoods are based on the services provided by healthy ecosystems, including economic value through agro-productive use, grazing for livestock and healthy soils for agriculture,” Shifeta said.
The minister noted that with the approval of this project, EIF has solicited about N.dollars 1.3 billion through international financing, of which more than N.dollars 560 million was from the Green Climate Fund.