We all know that Namibia is currently entering a drought cycle, that the majority of community members rely on subsistence farming to survive, and that climate change affects food and water security negatively.
But what are we doing about it? Well, quite a lot actually. And we have an award to prove it! Namibia won the Momentum for Change Award at the 18th UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Doha, Qatar at the end of last year.
We were given this award for implementing the initiative, ‘Holistic approaches to community adaptation to climate change’, which employs six local interlinked climate-change coping strategies. Among these are the use of the energy-efficient stove, EzyStove, and agro-forestry and vegetable production under micro-drip irrigation systems.
As part of the UNDP’s Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) Project, these initiatives focus on agricultural and pastoral communities in the north-central and far north-eastern regions of Namibia. Namibia is one of ten countries implementing community-based projects to build resilience to climate change. Is this great, or what? Read more about the EzyStove at: http://www.ezystove.com/
This news snippet first appeared in the Travel News Namibia Autumn 2013 print edition and was compiled by journalist Marita van Rooyen.