Flexible projects to help local communities adapt to climate change to be launched
The national climate action projects financed through a grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will officially be launched on 30 August by H.E Dr Hage Geingo at Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino.
The two climate action projects will be implemented in the country between 2017 to 2022 and will administered by the Environment Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) and executed by the line ministries, civil society and targeted institutions.
The projects are the Climate Resilient Agriculture in 3 Vulnerable Extreme northern crop-growing regions (CRAVE) projects scheduled for implementation in the Zambezi, Kavango-East and Kavang-West Regions. This is a five year project with the aim to reduce climate vulnerability, increase the adaptive capacity and resilience of vulnerable small-scale farming communities in the vulnerable extreme northern crop production landscapes that are threatened by climate variability and change.
The GCF has approved a total of US$9.5 million grant to implement this project and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry will provide in kind contribution amounting to US$500,000 during the implementation period.
The second project which is the Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through community based natural resource management (CBNRM) in Namibia. Which is also a five year project targeted at empowering rural CBNRM communities to respond to climate change in terms of awareness, adaptive capacity and low carbon rural development.
The project is expected to increase the resilience towards climate change of at least 76 ,00 beneficiaries and improve management on communal conservancy lands of 7, 200,000 hectares and the total investment from the GCF for this is US$10 million.
The launch will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Environment Investment Fund of Namibia.