04 Sep 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) More than 200 000 people in rural communities in 13 regions affected by climate change will benefit from the N.dollars 127 million grant secured from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The money was secured through the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) to build climate resilience for communities living in landscapes threatened under climate change, in an ecosystems-based adaptation approach project.
Speaking at a media conference here on Wednesday, Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta said the project was conceived as a result of climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems.
He noted that climate change impact continues to produce alterations in the boundaries between rangelands and other biomes such as deserts and forests.
Many of these impacts already affected rural Namibia, with grazing conflicts, water scarcity, ever-spreading desertification and huge variability in production figures frequently reported, he said.
Shifeta emphasised that the project is based on the premise that biodiversity and ecosystems provide valuable services that increase climate resilience of local communities.
The activities undertaken as part of the project will maintain and enhance ecosystem integrity to continue to support the generation of food and income in order to reduce the severity of negative socio-economic impacts of climate change on vulnerable rural households.
The targeted communities include all regions in Namibia except Khomas.
To date, the EIF has succeeded in mobilising more than N.dollars 560 million worth of projects in the areas of agricultural resilience, renewable energy and ecosystem base adaptation from the GCF.
In addition to this, the ministry has also secured approximately N.dollars 150 million from the Global Environment Facility for the implementation of the Namibia Integrated Landscape Approach.
Shifeta said the Integrated Landscape Approach promotes integrated landscape management in key agriculture and forest landscape, reducing poverty through sustainable nature-based livelihoods, protecting biodiversity and restoring forests and carbon sinks while promoting land degradation neutrality.