WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has organised a two-day ‘knowledge fair’ to bring together climate change practitioners to share and exchange practices across different sectors.
An invitation issued on Monday said the event will take place as from Thursday this week, and informative exhibition stands from various organisations will illustrate how climate change is being tackled in Namibia.
“The fair aims to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge across different sectors in Namibia and to advance cross-sectoral interaction, cross-practice learning and collaboration,” it noted.
Environmental Commissioner in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Theo Nghitila, will discuss the National Policy on Climate Change for Namibia during the knowledge fair.
On climate change adaptation, deliberations will include “community-based adaptation in Namibia; the status of disaster risk management in Namibia; water supply and demand; e-learning and mushroom production”.
Delegates are also set to discuss issues that will include renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand-side management, with discussions under the topic of climate change mitigation to include ‘100 per cent renewable energy in Namibia – why not?’ and ‘Sustainable energy access for all.’
Innovative sessions on climate change issues such as a youth urban poultry project; education and climate change awareness-raising amongst the youth; as well as the Namibian Chapter of the world-wide YouthThinkGreen youth climate initiative, will also be led by local youths.
A high-level panel discussion titled ‘How knowledge builds resilience to climate change’ is slated for Friday with leaders from Government, academic institutions and private organisations expected to attend.
Cross-cutting climate change issues such as gender and climate change, and communication and awareness in climate change responses, are also to be discussed.
The event, which ends Friday, will take place at the Habitat Research and Development Centre (HRDC) in Katutura.