08 Aug 2019 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) officially launched the Namibia Cleaning Awareness System Awards (NAMCASA) on Thursday.
NAMCASA will recognise and award environmental cleanliness and sustainable initiatives countrywide.
Speaking at the launch here, Chairperson of the National Council who is also patron of the awards, Margaret Mensah-Williams said economic growth can only be achieved in a clean environment for job creation through investment in the green economy and to attract investors.
It is up to the young entrepreneurs to take advantage of this opportunity and find ways to make a profit, Mensah-Williams said.
She said the awards present a number of possibilities as it encourages clean-up campaigns in towns and villages, for NAMCASA to produce their own reusable bags to avoid single-use plastic bag waste as well as stimulate youth involvement.
It will keep the youth off the street and contribute to the fight against antisocial behaviour such as alcohol and drug abuse as well as gender-based violence, she added.
At the same event, NAMCASA founder and award committee member Natalia Shikangala said they have created five focal objectives.
The objectives are cutting-edge information for decision-making, improved capacity of duty bearers, increased collaboration with the wider development stakeholders, improved sector financing mechanisms and enhanced participation of civil society, she explained.
Based on these objectives they have designed two programmes.
They are the regional integrated environment cleanliness programme and the sector enabling and influencing programme.
NAMCASAs ultimate goal is to support the government to build a strong, effective environmental cleanliness sector and implement and sustain clean environmental services to all, Shikangala added.
She further noted that Namibia recorded environmentally and hygiene-related communicable diseases such as diarrhoea and Hepatitis E where citizens have died due to poor environmental conditions and practices.
Therefore, for sustainable environmental management and practices, there should be awareness raising and behaviour change from childhood household level to the national corporate structures, through formal and informal environmental education and awareness, Shikangala said.