UNDP holds stakeholder dialogue on climate change resilience

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a stakeholder dialogue on Resilience Building in the context of a changing climate in Namibia here on Friday.

In a speech read on his behalf, UN chair of Environmental Sustainability Pillar, Baimankay Sankoh said currently the government of Namibia and partners are spending millions of Namibia dollars to respond to drought which results from negative climate change effects.

Sankoh added that a climate resilient Namibia is one where we need to act together to support the prosperity and wellbeing of the country and beyond by, building the resilience communities, the economy and environment that is responsive to a fast changing climate.

He also noted that government at all levels, businesses, partners, communities and individuals have a role to play.

He went on to say the climate change is directly and indirectly felt across all sector with the agriculture and food security sector affected most.

Sankoh explained that Agriculture and food security are the most vulnerable and climate sensitive sectors in Namibia.

He also said the significant level of food is security in the country is by a set of interrelated factors building change variability, climate related disasters, food price fluctuation and market dynamics among others leading to increased vulnerability to food security.

Food insecurity is one of the most pressing problems for Namibia and understanding the ways in which climate risks affect vulnerability and livelihoods is a critical steps towards identifying appropriate mechanisms for intervention, he added.

Sankoh said the process of resilience building will require a strong early warning system detailed regional and national risk profiles.

These will provide the basis through which the national resilience strategy will be developed considering specific differences and needs, we need ought to plan earlier in order to adapt faster, Sankoh said.

At the same event, UNDP Resident Representative and UN chair of the Good Governance Pillar. Alka Bhatia said the objective of the dialogue in the medium term is to assist Namibia to develop a comprehensive country resilience strategy.

Bhatia added that another long term objective of the dialogue is to ensure that vulnerable population in disaster prone areas and biodiversity sensitive areas are resilient to shocks and climate change effects and that are benefiting from sustainable natural resources management practices.

Source: Namibia Press Agency