CoP26 – Namibia defines concrete targets to prevent further land degradation
Namibia has put in place several multi-sectoral policies to reinforce the concept of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) at various levels, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Hon Pohamba Shifeta said in a statement at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland.
According to Shifeta, the country has embraced the concept of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and plans to meet concrete targets that reduce land degradation.
“The most important ones are Vision 2030, which includes goals related to water resources, agricultural production and forest management; and the third National Action Programme for Namibia to implement the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (NAP3) 2014-2022, with its six LDN targets,” he said.
At the same time, Shifeta said Namibia pledges to contribute to the achievement of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change objective.
“Namibia has also taken a drastic step to ensure that the three Rio Conventions are adequately addressed in the climate change plan under the Paris agreement,” he added.
The three Rio conventions are the three UN conventions formed during the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, also known as the Rio Earth Summit.
According to Shifeta, this is the agenda that Namibia is advocating in terms of implementing initiatives that are in line with the Call to Action on Living Lands that have multiple benefits to achieving the three Rio Conventions.
“We are very much optimistic that the Call for Action on Living Lands and ultimately the implementation of the three Rio Conventions in Namibia will be a success moving forward,” he added.