WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – There is a need to address the root causes of biodiversity loss, Minister of the Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has said.
Shifeta made these remarks at the occasion of the Resource Mobilisation for Biodiversity Conservation (ResMob) project’s third stakeholder meeting held here on Thursday.
“The loss of biodiversity as a result of anthropogenic activities is one of the key national environmental challenges faced by Namibia today,” he said.
A number of studies, according to Shifeta, have been undertaken through the ResMob project to reveal the value of biodiversity and add it into mainstream planning and decision-making. The project endeavours to build capacities towards mobilising financial, human, technical and knowledge-based resources for biodiversity conservation
“The challenge we now have is to translate the findings of these studies’ results into action at local, regional and national levels,” the minister said.
Shifeta said parties to the convention on biological diversity, including Namibia, have agreed and committed to halting biodiversity loss by the year 2020 which, according to the minister, is by no means a simple task.
The minister is, however, optimistic that with collective effort and dedication, substantial progress towards this noble goal can be made.
Shifeta urged for more resource mobilisation for biodiversity conservation to improve Namibia’s capacity, especially to mobilise the country to implement the objectives outlined in the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).
The NBSAP in Namibia was first launched in 2001 as the cornerstone of its efforts to conserve biodiversity, but capacity constraints are a major concern in this area, Shifeta said.
He appealed to the stakeholders to maximise the project’s impact so that by its end in 2018, the people involved are capacitated as individuals and have the required systems, structures and measures in place to ensure that the country’s natural capital is valued regularly and systematically, and integrated in the various planning and budgeting frameworks.
“This will assist us to fully integrate biodiversity into our planning for development, poverty alleviation, land use, sustainable use of natural resources and climate resilience,” he concluded.
Source: NAMPA, www.nampa.org