WALVIS BAY: Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb has invited corporate institutions whose operations involve the implementation of environmental best practices, to become Corporate ‘Coastodians’.
!Naruseb made this request in his capacity as acting Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET) during the launch of the Corporate Coastodian programme here on Wednesday.
The programme is an initiative of the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) Project.
The brand name ‘Coastodian’ was selected because of its simplicity, symbolical appeal and originality, and was derived from the words custodian and coast.
!Naruseb explained that corporate institutions would be required to comply with a set of environmental criteria, which are still to be finalised.
“I believe the institutions would be benefiting tremendously from being accredited as Corporate Coastodians, and that this would promote their image as responsible corporate citizens in terms of the coastal environment,” he said.
The minister also used the opportunity during the launch to indicate that the regulations for the Dorob National Park, No. 210 relating to Nature Conservation Ordinance No. 04 of 1975, were published in the Government Gazette on 15 August 2012.
He stated that since the regulations were published in the Gazette, nobody will have the excuse of not knowing the rules which apply in the park areas.
!Naruseb, therefore, encouraged the public to ensure that they obtain the rules from the MET and adhere to them.
In addition, the minister indicated that through the NACOMA project, the National Policy on Coastal Management for Namibia, was tabled and approved by Cabinet and will be presented to the National Assembly for deliberation soon.
“I am sure that the integrated Coastal Management Bill is next to being developed to ensure the implementation of the integrated coastal management approach to the coastline,” he stated.