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…

National study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) assesses the value of nature in Namibia

The centre piece of the ResMob Project is a TEEB country study, which identifies and valuates some of the ecosystem services vital to meeting the country’s policy priorities and will make recommendations on how policy can most effectively incentivize the maintenance of these services.

The Namibia Nature Foundation, together with Anchor Environmental Consultants are executing the TEEB Namibia country study on behalf of the ResMob Project.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is an international initiative to draw attention to the benefits provided by biodiversity. It has compiled and synthesised the available evidence to highlight the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and the benefits of action addressing these pressures. TEEB presents an approach that can help decision makers recognize, demonstrate and, where appropriate, capture the values of ecosystems and biodiversity. read more…

Regional Seminar On The Framework for the Development of Environmental Statistics

From 4 to 8 September, representatives of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia, Malawi, Namibia and Senegal met together with representatives from Kenya, UNECA, UN Statistics Division (UNSD), UN Environment, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) came together to discuss how to improve environment statistics production, analysis, and dissemination in their respective national contexts. The participating countries were selected based on the results of the final assessment of the knowledge acquired during the e-training. read more…

NUST Wins Sustainable Development Awards

The Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) through the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences has recently received the award for top Research and Development at the recent Namibia Sustainable Development Awards in Windhoek. read more…

Namibian Case Study: Bush control generates economic and environmental benefits

Ecosystem services are the key foundation of most socio-economic activities in our societies. Namibia largely depends on land for most of its economic activities with sectors such as agriculture and tourism being the directly linked to land. It is crucial for all components in an ecosystem to maintain a balance to ensure optimal functions of that ecosystem. Most of the land used for agriculture and tourism in Namibia is also faced by bush encroachment that has reduced the productivity of such areas and it is estimated to have affected an area of 30 million hectares. read more…

Plastic bag levies, a topic of discussion in the news

On the 4th August 2017, the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia held its 9th After-Work Talk on “The introduction of plastic bag levy – an option for Namibia?’’

Following the EENN After-Work Talk panel discussion, Waste management specifically focusing on recycling of plastic shopping bags and introducing a plastic bag levy has been featured in various media outlets such as Local newspapers and the National Broadcasting television channels. read more…

The introduction of a plastic bag levy – an option for Namibia?

The drafting of regulations through which a levy on plastic carry bags would become a reality in Namibia is at an advanced stage, and these regulations could be implemented towards the end of 2017. This was announced by Mr. Teofilus Nghitila, Environmental Commissioner in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, at the ninth After-Work-Talk of the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia, which was staged at the Namibian Scientific Society in Windhoek on 3 August 2017. He was part of seven panellists who each highlighted the topic, The introduction of a plastic bag levy – an option for Namibia? All panellists were in favour of a plastic bag levy, with minor reservations in some cases. read more…

Namibia represented at the Fourth ValuES Asia-Africa-Europe Regional Meeting in India

Each year, the ValuES project hosts a regional meeting for partner projects, counterparts, staff, and guest experts to delve deeper and foster exchange on some of the current global issues surrounding the integration of ecosystem services into policy. This year, the project conducted its Fourth Regional Values Asia-Africa-Europe Meeting in Goa, India from 25th to 28th April 2017.

ValuES is a global project that aids decision-makers in partner countries in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. ValuES also promote knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums. Furthermore, the ValuES project offers technical advice and capacity development through various trainings, case studies, methods and access to information. The training programmes are developed according to the country needs and Namibia was fortunate enough to have received a number of trainings on Economic Valuation and a week-long autumn school programme with the Namibian University of Science and Technology department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Management. (more…)

Nature conservation students of NUST and Germany learn how to value ecosystem services

A total of 18 students from the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST), as well as four exchange students from Germany, participated in the 2017-Autumn School, jointly hosted by NUST and the ResMob Project. This third school of its kind was held from 22 to 26 April 2017, with most of the participants being nature conservation students. The theme of the course was, “Assessing and valuing ecosystem services for policy impacts”. Dr. Morgan Hauptfleisch of NUST and Arjan de Groot of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) facilitated the training.

Dr. Martin Nowack, GIZ Project Manager and Mr. Ferdinand Mwapopi, MET Project Coordinator, both in charge of the Resource Mobilisation for the Biodiversity Strategy of Namibia Project (ResMob), delivered presentations. Ms. Courtney McLaren from the Namibia Nature Foundation and Mr. Quintin Hartung acted as guest lecturers. read more…

8th EENN After-Work-Talk on “Valuing our natural resource base”

Our guest speaker Dr Justine Braby presented on the importance of valuing and conserving our natural resources on which we depend on for our well-being. The presentation focused on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity country studies done internationally and gave examples on how it can influence policy and decision making for sustainable and economic growth. The recommendations based on the lessons learned from other countries, which was Capacity development to integrate Sustainable Development Goals into all field of study at universities and; the timing of economic studies to allow the results to be mainstreamed into policy documents and National Development Plans.

A member of the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia (EENN) engaging in the talk.

Her presentation can found here.

A TEEB country study identifies the ecosystem services that are vital to meeting the country’s policy priorities and makes recommendations on how these services can be integrated into policies. Visit the TEEB website to learn more about this concept at here

More of Dr Braby’s work is available on the Progress Namibia website.

On behalf of the organisers, a big thank you to everyone that attended and actively engaged in the event at NUST Hotel School on the 11th May 2017.

And remember, “We can’t build an economy on a degraded environment”.