Nam acts on climate change

Windhoek – In line with the country’s Prior, During and Post United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) Strategy, Namibia’s  Environment and Tourism Ministry is implementing climate change initiatives. Three climate change adaptation measures to improve resilience in agriculture and address deforestation will be replicated. To that end, Environment Minister Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwa this past week handed over improved goat ram breeds, plastic granaries and Enzy stoves to women-headed households in the northern Namibia region of Ohangwena. In ecology, resilience is the capacity of an ecosystem to respond to perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly. Such perturbations and disturbances can include random events such as fires, flooding, windstorms, insect population explosions, and human activities such as deforestation and the introduction of exotic plant or animal species. Adaptive measures fall in line with the various initiatives being piloted under the Country Pilot Partnership for Integrated Sustainable Land Management (CPP – ISLM) and the Integrated Dry-land Development Programme (IDDP). The beneficiaries are selected from the existing CPP – ISLM pilot sites in Okongo, Endola, Epembe and Ondombe constituencies in northern Namibia. The women-headed households will be presented with 12 improved goat rams breeds per constituency, 12 plastic granaries per constituency and 20 Enzy stoves to Okongo Community Forestry and Conservancy among others. Through this, the Environment Ministry wants to demonstrate how environmental and economic issues can be addressed by appropriate adaptation options at local level. The COP 17 meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 09. COP 17 aims to provide a space in which to strengthen the climate justice movement, while at the same time consolidating civil society activities across the world.

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