11 Jun 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has commended the Green Climate Fund for availing N.dollars 85 million for local projects that aim to improve rural areas resilience to climate change impacts.
The fund is a global platform that responds to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient developments.
Speaking in Windhoek on Tuesday, when 19 grants worth N.dollars 85 million were handed over to conservancies and community forests for climate change projects, Geingob said the funding demonstrates Governments support for climate change adaptation options for farmers and other affected parties.
He said Namibia developed the Initial National Determined Contribution and the National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which enabled the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia to access climate financing from the Green Climate Fund.
The president noted that Namibia is one of only a few countries with constitutional provision for sustainable development for living natural resources, maintained ecosystems, essential ecological process and biological diversity.
This constitutional provision has created an enabling environment to develop innovative policies, laws and frameworks that are geared towards mitigating and adapting to the ongoing environmental challenges that the country is experiencing, he said.
Geingob noted that the projects are expected to impact up to 58 000 beneficiaries, including small-scale farmers and natural resources users, adding that about 200 job opportunities will be created.
I challenge the grantees to ensure successful implementation of these projects. It is time to hold hands and make sacrifices and unite in the interest of mitigating climate change for the future of Namibia, said the president.
The funds were granted under a project spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism called Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia.
The beneficiaries are from the Kunene, Zambezi, Omusati and Kavango East and West Regions.