Drought Conference set for August
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will host the 2016 African Drought Conference from 15 to 19 August, in amplification of the ministry’s efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.
A private sector company, the operator of the smelter in Tsumeb, Dundee Precious Metals announced this week that it will support the conference.
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director, Zebra Kasete reaffirmed the company’s support to the global community with a donation of N$20,000, 2000 water bottles and close to 1000 pens.
The African Drought Conference will be hosted under the theme ‘Enhancing Resilience to Drought Events in Africa.’
The upcoming conference, will be a follow up to the 2013 High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy that was held in Geneva.
“By supporting World Day to Combat Desertification, Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb yet again demonstrated its willingness to back Namibia both locally and globally. The move will ensure a better tomorrow for the world at large and is a demonstration of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb’s strong corporate and social responsibility towards communities in which it operates” the company said.
“With this donation, Dundee demonstrates its support for President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan’s chapter 7, that recognizes Namibia’s future to be intertwined with that of Africa and that climatic conditions in Namibia remain volatile, impacting both agricultural output and food security at a household level.”
The upcoming conference will be attended by representatives from Namibian institutions engaged in drought management, United Nations agencies and development partners.