Biodiversity Economy Planning Workshop developed innovative solutions

Members of the biodiversity economy steering group and selected key stakeholders designed ideas, which could become innovative solutions for further development and implementation in Namibia’s biodiversity-based sectors. They actively participated in a three-day planning training-workshop at River Crossing Lodge, close to Windhoek, from 30 May to 1st June 2018.

The extension of the ResMob Project, with the help of a new component, will directly aim to kick-start the development and implementation of a biodiversity economy in selected landscapes. A biodiversity economy is a landscape-centred green economy approach. It focuses on biodiversity-based sectors, value chains and targets the communities, conservancies and businesses living and active in these landscapes. Therefore, the new component aims at facilitating the prioritisation process (selection of landscapes, sectors and value chains), activating, and involving relevant stakeholder through workshops and baseline studies. (more…)

EENN members and family contribute to the national clean-up campaign

To fully grasp the essential meaning of environmental economics, one occasionally has to grapple with undesirable realities such as pollution, a sore for the eye alongside Namibia’s roads, but also in Windhoek – many a times described as one of the cleanest cities in Southern Africa. 

The EENN did also heed the call of the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, by participating in the National Clean-up Day. Due to various prior commitments to 25 May, the EENN arranged a clean-up event on 2 June, which took place at the famous Eveline Street in Windhoek.   read more…

Relevant accurate data vital to a Green Economy Framework

Relevant accurate data and statistics are vitally important to a Green Economy Accounting Framework (GEAF) for Namibia. The lack thereof may constrain the design, implementation and evaluation of green growth policies, and even be detrimental to a green economy. Mr Mwala Lubinda, Lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) addressed the 11th After-work-talk of the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia (EENN) in Windhoek on 23 May, on how a Green Economy Framework could be created for Namibia. He is also a member of the EENN. read more…

Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) 3rd Global Conference held in India, March 2018

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the GIZ’s Resource Mobilization Project travelled to Mamallapurram, Chennai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to attend the UNDP’s 3rd Annual BIOFIN Global Conference from March 6th to 8th. Developed by the UNDP as a methodological framework to facilitate evidence based plans and solutions, BIOFIN seeks to support improved financing of biodiversity initiatives in developing countries. The third BIOFIN global conference saw delegates from over thirty countries — spanning from the Pacific and South East Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa to the Caribbean and Latin America – come together to support south to south dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for financing biodiversity initiatives. read more…

10th EENN After-Work Talk: Incorporating natural capital would put businesses on the way of going green

Going green would certainly pay-off for Namibian businesses if they were to strategically introduce the impacts and dependencies on natural capital into their business models.

Prof. Edeltraud Günther, Director of PRISMA, Centre for Sustainability and Policy at the Technische Universität of Dresden (Technical University of Dresden), delivering her presentation.

Prof. Edeltraud Günther, Director of PRISMA, Centre for Sustainability and Policy at the Technische Universität of Dresden (Technical University of Dresden), addressed the tenth After-Work-Talk of the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia (EENN) in Windhoek on 6 April 2018. About 80 members and other like-minded persons attended the event at the Hotel School of the Namibian University of Science and Technology.

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Focus group preselect and prioritize finance solutions for the National Biodiversity Resource Mobilization Strategy

The Resource Mobilization for Biodiversity Conservation (ResMob) Project conducted an expert focus group meeting in Windhoek on 14 March to utilize the expertise of stakeholders to select and prioritize 10 to 15 finance options for inclusion into the National Biodiversity Resource Mobilization Strategy.

This is a further effort and consultation to involve stakeholders in an interactive and participatory process to develop a National Biodiversity Resource Mobilization strategy.

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MET and the NSA to jointly contribute to environmental economic accounts

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) to jointly produce environmental economic accounts and coordinate the process of natural capital accounting in Namibia.

The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Malan Lindeque, signed the MoU on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and the Statistician General, Mr. Alex Shimuafeni, on behalf of the NSA, at a ceremony on 22 November 2017.

The MoU describes the respective areas of cooperation between MET and the NSA regarding natural capital accounting and related topics at national level. read more…

United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting: Closing Regional Workshop.

Ministry of Environment and National Statistics officials met in Nairobi, Kenya for the Closing Regional workshop for the United Nations Development Account Project, from the 11th to the 13th of December 2017. Namibia, was amongst other 4 African countries namely; Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, and Mozambique that attended the workshop.

United Nations Development account Project is aimed at enhancing the capacity of African National Statistics Offices in implementing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). The closing regional workshop thus provided an opportunity for Kenya and Uganda, the project countries, to share their experiences on drafting of national plans for the implementation of the SEEA, the lessons learned on the compilation of pilot accounts and how best to communicate and disseminate the pilot accounts to the relevant stakeholders, ensure the uptake into policy decision making and how to scale up the implementation of SEEA. read more…

ResMob Project well on its way to a strategy for the mobilization of financial resources for biodiversity conservation

Minister underlines importance of improving capacity to mobilize more resources

The Resource Mobilization for Biodiversity Conservation (ResMob) Project after kicking off its inception in 2014, is well on its way to drafting a strategy for the mobilization of sustainable revenue streams to maintain and conserve Namibia’s natural biodiversity. The ResMob Project’s current preparatory phase involves various meetings with stakeholders and contributors, as well as reviewing various documents as part of the process to produce a ResMob strategy – the first deliverable. read more…

Natural Capital Accounting on the rise

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa is an African-led initiative whose goals are to ensure that the contributions of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being are quantified and integrated into development and business practice.

This is a commitment by ten African countries that was signed during the Summit for Sustainability in Africa, held in Gaborone in May 2012. At this summit 10 countries; Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania, reaffirmed their commitment to implementing all conventions and declarations that promote Sustainable Development to address the issue of natural capital depletion across a growing continent. read more…