Climate change effects apparent in Namibia: Nandi-Ndaitwah

08 Jun 2019 15:20pm
RUNDU, 08 JUN (NAMPA) – The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the effects of climate change is becoming an apparent reality and is placing Namibia in a precarious position.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made these remarks at the fifth session of the Dr Theo Ben Gurirab lecture series held here on Friday evening.
The lecture series was held under the theme ‘Climate Change in the Context of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.’
“It is a sad fact, that the lowest rainfall since 1891 was measured for this rainy season. 2019 is thus the driest year in 120 years,” she said, adding that this year’s drought is both unprecedented and catastrophic.
“However, all of us have to recognize that climate change effects all facets of our lives. Our very existence as a nation is being confronted by climate change,” she stated.
The deputy premier said Namibia on average received poor rainfall due to the increase in climatic temperature, which has brought change in rainfall patterns.
As an arid country, Namibia depends largely on good annual rainfall, which it has not been receiving.
Namibia, she added, alongside the international community also long recognized that land degradation/desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world.
President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency in May due to poor rainfall and the prevalent drought within the country.