RUNDU: A two-day workshop on National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) for the Kavango and Caprivi regions kicked off at Rundu today.
The workshop, which is being attended by various government stakeholders, aims to facilitate the establishment of regional priorities and possible interventions in the development and implementation of the NBSAPs for 2011-2020.
Officially opening the workshop, Kavango Regional Governor Maurus Nekaro reminded the participants that their deliberations will define both the short and long-term future responses of the two regions towards biodiversity issues, challenges and opportunities.
Namibia is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an internationally binding treaty which promotes sustainable development and is almost 22 years old.
Nekaro explained that the achievements of the Convention include the adoption of national biodiversity strategies and action plans by 171 countries: promoting the notion of a global protected area network: raising awareness about the role of biodiversity within communities and the importance of sustainability in biodiversity issues.
Despite these achievements, the governor said, he is disappointed to note that animal and plant species are still vanishing at an unprecedented rate, which is something that undermines sustainable development and threatens human security.
WINDHOEK: Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) Chief Executive Officer Digu //Naobeb says one million tourists visited Namibia last year.
He made the announcement during a sundowner tourism briefing about the status and performance of the tourism industry in general held at Von Bach Dam near Okahandja last Friday.
Positive growth was reported amongst visitors from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, and the northern American market, particularly from the United States of America (USA).
However, preliminary results have shown that traditional markets, in particular the United Kingdom, Europe, France, and Italy showed a negative growth due to the economic crisis.
He said after several discussions with stakeholders in the tourism industry recently, NTB noted that there is still a perception out there that the Namibian market is not competitively priced compared to neighbouring countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).