Finland bankrolls research centres

Caption: Executive Director of the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia Viviane Kinyaga, Chargé d’ Affaires of Finland Anne Saloranta and Gobabeb Training and Research Centre Member of the Board of Trustees Mary Seely at the grant signing ceremony. (Photograph by Melba Chipepo).The Embassy of Finland last week signed two funding agreements with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and Gobabeb Training and Research Centre (GTRC). The agreements signed are part of the Fund for Local Cooperation of the Embassy of Finland. The fund supports the eradication of poverty and economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development of Namibia in line with the goals of the NDP4.
The total funding amount of 145 000 Euros (N$1.9 million) will focus on the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental education as well as contributions to the upcoming United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification(UNCCD) eleventh Conference of Parties (COP11) through civil participation.
The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) was granted a total of 77 500 Euros for a one year project aimed at developing capacity in sustainable environmental management and livelihoods. Through this funding, DRFN supports decision making bodies and individuals in the government and private sector by developing, disseminating and implementing scientific, fact-based and analytical options that form the backbone of policy development, planning and implementation.