WINDHOEK, 30 JULY – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has called for proposals on climate change projects aimed at empowering rural communities on adaptation of environmental changes.
Speaking at a media conference here on Monday, Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said the call for climate change grants is in support of the ‘Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)’ project.
The five-year project financed by the Green Climate Fund to the tune of N$135 million (US$10 million) is seeking 33 proposal grantees to address climate change problems such as climate resilient agriculture, climate proof infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation.
“The projects are expected to build the resilience of more than 76 000 people living in climate change prone areas,” Shifeta said.
The project also looks at increasing climate resilience in productive landscapes and socio-economic systems in communities across Namibia.
The minister said individual grants will range from about N$1.2 million to N$5.3 million, adding that the projects will run for a period of three to six months.
He added that only organisations and individuals registered with the Environmental Investment Fund will be considered as per its templates and guidelines.
“The ministry demands only the highest levels of accountability and if inappropriate use of resources is proven against any of the beneficiaries, there will be consequences,” Shifeta said.