Namibia has an excellent legislative and policy backdrop for environmental protection and sustainable resource management. However, its economy is highly dependent on natural resources including diverse rangelands, arable land, mineral deposits, ecosystems and biodiversity. Economic and social development will be negatively affected with the challenges posed by climate change, especially with regard to water availability, food and livelihood security.
There has been progress towards public awareness on climate change in Namibia, which empowers stakeholders to participate and make informed decisions for the sustainable-use of natural resources. The ThinkNamibia Environmental Awareness Campaign complements the public awareness efforts of Government and civil society to promote environmental awareness and empower stakeholders to participate in climate change responses.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia and main project partner the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) are co-implementing a three-year project from 2015 to 2017 with the focus on contributing to environmental sustainability through awareness-raising on environmental protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation. This focus is in support of the guiding principles of the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) for support to awareness generation, education, training and capacity building as key building-blocks for the national response to climate change.
The objectives of the Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project are to:
- Increase knowledge and skills on environmental issues;
- Promote knowledge transfer in the environmental sector;
- Promote social entrepreneurship in the environmental sector;
- Support journalistic work in the environmental sector.
The Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project implements these objectives through a dynamic approach including information and educational material development, a national information campaign, public dialogue platforms and training of multipliers. The ThinkNamibia Campaign encapsulates these various objectives.
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