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Landscape methods laboratory established

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Namibia can now test, monitor and report on mechanisms for integrated landscape methods, through the establishment of a N.dollars 2.5 million multilateral environmental agreement monitoring laboratory unit at the University of Namibia (UNAM).The unit, …

Namibia can now test, monitor and report on mechanisms for integrated landscape methods, through the establishment of a N.dollars 2.5 million multilateral environmental agreement monitoring laboratory unit at the University of Namibia (UNAM).

The unit, which is a bilateral agreement between UNAM and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) through the Namibia Integrated Landscape Approach for Enhancing Livelihoods and Environmental Governance to Eradicate Poverty (NILALEG) project, will serve the intragovernmental coordination focused on improving Namibia’s capacity to monitor and report on progress towards global environmental targets.

Inaugurating the unit here, environment minister, Pohamba Shifeta, said the laboratory will help students and the country at large to report on various commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Shifeta indicated that the unit will also trigger quick feedback of results on all land integrated landscape research and help reduce on costs as various samples had to be sent to South Africa.

“The laboratory will lead an important role of effective measurement, reporting and verification of progress in achieving pressing challenges as such as climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss amongst others by providing biophysical information relating to land cover mapping, forest inventories, agro-ecological zones and integrated regional land use planning,” he noted.

Shifeta said the laboratory is further a substantial education investment for human capacity and to enhance socio-economic development of the country.

UNAM Vice Chancellor, Kenneth Matengu, in a speech read on his behalf at the vent, said the unit consists of 14 multidisciplinary team members, who will report to MEFT, adding that PhD and Masters students within the environmental science field will be using the facility for their research studies.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency