EU SEEKS TO PROVIDE GRANT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ENERGY SECTOR ACTION IN NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK, Feb 19-– The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals to donate about 100,000 Namibian dollars (about 9,200 US dollars) in efforts to address climate change adaptation and mitigation, including energy.

The EU Delegation to Namibia said in a statement here Tuesday that the objective of the action grants is to reduce the vulnerability of the rural population to the adverse impacts of climate change.

The grants are aimed at supporting endeavours which develop, test and disseminate solutions and practices, as well as implement innovative technologies and energy-efficient solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the rural areas of Namibia.

Namibia is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of its geographic location, variability in weather patterns as well as socio-economic factors.

Climate change impacts predicted for Namibia will adversely affect the extent and the speed at which long, medium- and short-term national development goals will be achieved.

The action grants are divided into various lots aimed at addressing adaptation and mitigation, including energy, in the following priority areas: crop and/or livestock production; sustainable access to water resources for small-scale irrigation; renewable forms of energy-generation and promotion of green technologies, practices and standards; energy-efficiency and saving measures, and enhancing the regulatory framework and investment climate for renewable energy in Namibia.

An information session on the action grants will be held next Tuesday in Windhoek.

SOURCE: NAMPA