Issues of land degradation, desertification and drought remain critical concerns for Namibia: Uahekua Herunga

RUNDU: Issues of land degradation, desertification and drought remain critical concerns for Namibia, Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga said on Saturday.

He made the statement in a speech read on his behalf by Cletius Maketo, the Environment Ministry’s deputy director for the north-eastern regions during the National Climate Adaptation Day held at Rundu on Saturday.

This National Climate Adaptation Day commemoration is part of the celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification which is observed annually on 17 June to increase attention given to land and soil within climate change adaptation, and mobilise support for sustainable land management as well as call for inclusion of land and soil and their significance to food security.

Herunga thus appealed for support towards sustainable land management, saying conserving forests and wetlands and the biodiversity they contain mean opportunities and options for the future.

He said ecosystem-based adaptation wants everyone to direct their attention to the essential role healthy ecosystems can play in adapting to climate change.

The minister, however, assured the gathering that his ministry is committed to finding a lasting solution to address the difficult challenges of land degradation and desertification facing the country.

SOURCE: NAMPA