Civil Society Groups Call for Action to Curb Land Grabbingips.org | 25 Oct 2011
By Mantoe PhakathiCivil society organisations are calling on governments in developing countries to stop leasing and selling out land to transnational corporations because it leads to land degradation and food insecurity.Africa is one of the continents where corporations are flocking to lease or buy land for different projects such as mining, growing bio-fuel crops or construction – pushing rural poor communities off of their land.
Namibia: Flood Emergency DeclaredAfricaFiles | 03 Apr 2011
For the third year in a row a state of Emergency has been declared in the country due to floods catalyzed by heavy rainfall.
Namibia/State of emergency declared: VSO's Namibian volunteers on the front linefeedproxy.google.com | 31 Mar 2011
Floods and storms are threatening the homes and work of VSO's 54 international volunteers in Namibia including 22 volunteers from the UK. Half of VSO's international volunteers are located in the flood-affected north of the country, close to the borders with Zambia and Angola – where a State of Emergency has been declared. Access to clean drinking water is the immediate concern for the staff and the communities they live in.
NAMIBIA; You Know I'm Hungry, Feed Me Todayips.org | 25 Feb 2011
A universal income grant in Namibia would alleviate poverty in one of the most unequal societies on earth, say campaigners. Free handouts only lead to laziness, responds an unwilling government. In Otjivero, a small settlement some 100 kilometres outside the Namibian capital, a coalition of civil society groups moved to settle the argument: a pilot project demonstrating the Basic Income Grant (BIG) has made a real difference.
Namibia: Diamonds On Rocky Road to RecoveryAllAfrica.com | 14 Feb 2011
It hasn't got its groove back yet, but at least there is some sparkle in the local diamond industry: gems mined in Namibia last year were up 57 per cent on those produced in 2009, and sales generated N$5,6 billion for the year. This meant 32 per cent more money in diamond mines' kitty than in 2009.
Namibia: When we have food, we are richfeedproxy.google.com | 08 Feb 2011
In the deep north of Southern Africa's driest country, Namibia, about 10km from the Angolan border, live an elderly farming couple and their 10 adopted children, who watch the sky every day for rain. If the heavens do not open in another three weeks, they will not have enough food this year.
NAMIBIA: Caprivi braces for rising Zambezi RiverIRIN News | 31 Jan 2011
More than 1,000 people have been "relocated permanently" from 32 flood-prone villages in Caprivi, as Namibias most northerly province prepares to meet a Zambezi River swollen to near-record size for this time of year by torrential rains upstream. Local media reported that 1,021 villagers from the Kabbe constituency - a low-lying district along the Zambezi River in eastern Caprivi – had been taken to the Katima Mulilo Rural constituency.
the Namibian: Record river levels for JanuaryThe Namibian | 11 Jan 2011
The flood reports compiled by chief government hydrologist Guido van Langenhove show that the Zambezi River has risen by almost 50 centimetres in one week, from 1,08 metres on December 29 to 1,50 metres measured at the same spot yesterday. The Kavango River stood at 6,57 metres at Rundu on...
Namibia Embarks on Nuclear PolicyInter Press Service | 04 Jan 2011
Namibia is set to develop its rich uranium resources and intends to pursue uranium enrichment locally. It also plans to build its own nuclear electricity plant. Nuclear energy experts from Finlands Nuclear and Radiation Authority are currently helping the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) to draft Namibias first ever nuclear policy, which is to be completed mid-2011, together with relevant laws. Namibia plans to generate electricity from its own nuclear reactor by 2018.
Namibia: National Forum Launched for a Cleaner CoastAllAfrica.com | 10 Nov 2010
Walvis Bay — The nagging questions are: Why are there coastal cleanups every year, and why do people have a 'natural' tendency to litter? Should not every Namibian feel proud of their precious environment, and do all they can to preserve it? What can be done to stop the vice of littering? These are the issues, in a nutshell, that were raised at the launch of the Namibian Coastal Cleanup Forum held in Walvis Bay recently.
the Namibian: On climate change and the mediaThe Namibian | 01 Nov 2010
Last week, I was asked to make a presentation at the media training workshop on reporting climate change, held at Walvis Bay on October 19 and 20. I spoke on how journalists can make their articles on climate change accurate and engaging. The following is a summary of my presentation.
Namibia: Beware the Season of BurningAllAfrica.com | 13 Oct 2010
Windhoek — Wildfires are causing havoc, destroying pastures and in extreme cases causing the deaths of animals. However, no human lives have been lost so far. These fires occur mainly in bushy and mountainous areas where individuals start fires to clear land.
Namibia: Region's Fight Against DesertificationAllAfrica.com | 25 Jun 2010
AS a country highly dependent on agriculture and especially lifestock farming, it has become a matter of urgency to recover the productive capacity of our land. These remarks were made by the Governor of the Erongo Region, Samuel Nuuyoma, at Omatjete on Thursday. He said food security is threatened by desertification and biodiversity loss everywhere in the world. "We are concerned as such that information and knowledge on desertification becomes essential to be shared with all at all levels.
Namibia: Nuclear Power Still a Long Way OffAllAfrica.com | 15 Jun 2010
Namibia still has a long way to go before it will be able to generate nuclear power, NamPower Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba has said. A nuclear power station was likely to be commissioned in 2025 or 2027, Nghimtina said on the sideline of the International Conference on Access to Civil...
Namibia: Organic Farming Body Sets Out GoalsAllAfrica.com | 10 Jun 2010
The Namibia Organic Association (NOA) was launched at the just ended 2010 Tourism Expo last week. Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, organically approved pesticide application and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilisers and synthetic pesticides or plant growth regulators.
Namibia: Students Not Forgetting the EnvironmentAllAfrica.com | 09 Jun 2010
Students of the University of Namibia's 'Concepts in Environmental Management' class of 2010 held World Environment Day celebrations under the theme "Protect the globe, protect yourself" at the main campus last Friday.
Namibia: Country's Desert Coastline - Celebrating Its Unique Biodiversity on World Environment DayAllAfrica.com | 04 Jun 2010
Rod Braby, coordinator of the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) project, says the significance of responsible conservation and sustainable development will soon become much more prominent when Namibia's coast will be consolidated in one mega national coastal park. "Interventions by the NACOMA project and its partners have lead to the Namibian government agreeing to formally declare its entire coast and off shore islands as protected areas" he said.
Namibia: Keetmans the Focus of Environs DayAllAfrica.com | 01 Jun 2010
'Many Species, One Planet, Our Future', is the United Nations Environment Programme theme for this year's World Environment Day (WED), which will be celebrated this morning in the town and run until Friday. Keetmanshoop has been chosen due to the fact that the Karas Region is home to one of the biodiversity hotspots in Namibia, the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem (SKE), which is the only desert biome and the most diverse desert system in the world, according to Conservation International.
Namibia: Biodiversity Loss IncreasingAllAfrica.com | 27 May 2010
IT is sad that world leaders have failed to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, Environment and Tourism Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on Friday.Nandi-Ndaitwah said wetlands such as the oshanas of north-central Namibia have been invaded by invasive species which are the manifestation of degraded ecosystems.