MET and GIZ launch resource mobilisation for biodiversity project

WINDHOEK; The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) launched the Resource Mobilisation for Biodiversity Conservation (ResMob) Project on Wednesday.

Speaking at the event, ResMob Project Co-ordinator Ferdinand Mwapopi noted that the project aims to improve Namibia’s capacity to mobilise resources for biodiversity conservation, specifically to enable it to implement the objectives outlined in the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP2).

“The project aims for an effective implementation of updated biodiversity strategy in Namibia. The duration of the project is scheduled until March 2017 and it is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety,” he noted.

Namibia implemented its first National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP1) from 2001 until 2010. It was internationally recognised as being one of the best first generation plans and provided a strong foundation for the sustainable management and use of biodiversity in the country, said Mwapopi.

In 2012, Namibia set about developing NBSAP2 which will cover the period 2013-2022 to build upon the foundation and directly tackle the threats and challenges it faces in this area.

Citing a review of the NBSAP1, Mwapopi said large parts of the national biodiversity targets could not be achieved or financed. Namibia required nearly N.dollars 500 million to keep the country’s biodiversity healthy and resilient to threats for NBSAP2 over the next nine years.

The first action plan led to the implementation and proclamation of four new State-protected areas. This includes Namibia’s first Islands’ Marine Protected Area, which covers almost one million hectares of marine and sea area where 10 small islands and eight more islets or rocks provide sanctuary to a variety of life. This area stretches over 400 kilometres from Meob Bay north of Lüderitz to Chaimas Bay south of the harbour town and 30 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking at the same event, the project’s senior economist Olimpio Nhuleipo said the project will implement the System for Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA).

SEEA is a system which organises statistical data for the derivation of coherent indicators and descriptive statistics to monitor the interactions between the economy and the environment and the state of the environment to better inform decision-making.

Another economist of the project, Ivy Muituti noted that activities in the project’s capacity development component will include the establishment of the Environmental Economics Network of Namibia (EENN) to strengthen environmental economics in tertiary education institutions.

ResMob Manager Dr Martin Nowack explained that training in capacity development for environmental fiscal reform will take place from 08 to 11 June 2015 to provide participants with an overview of the possibilities of an environmental fiscal reform.

“The target group of the training is decision-makers and technical experts. The method of training is the case study method of the Harvard Business School,” he added.