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What Will Stop Global Warming? – Not Cop21 or any other Agreement by World Leaders

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BY PROF. ROMAN GRYNBERG - UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA (UNAM)

t would be wrong and foolish to assume that the world’s leaders are incapable of the wisdom and foresight needed to come to an agreement this December in Paris on setting global limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GGE). It would be equally wrong to believe that these politicians are incapable of the guile to agree on nothing more than what they planned to do at home in any case. It is entirely conceivable that the agreement in Paris will simply reflect the extent to which the world’s great Greenhouse Gas emitters have implemented domestic policies to limit GGEs and not due to any act of international statesmanship, wise political foresight or concern for humanity. It is as ever, the cold hard economic facts of the price of electricity generated by renewable as opposed to by fossil fuels that will ultimately determine the pace at which humanity ends the ‘300 year Reich’ of coal and other fossil fuels. Whether our species survives the impact of global warming that is already inevitable by virtue of past decisions, is quite another matter. 

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Vulnerability Assessment of Natural Resource Dependent Communities in Namibia and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

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Climate Change Adaptation is a buzzing topic on the international agenda. But is it clear what adaptation to climate change in relation to ecosystems and their services means? Choosing the right approach and designing effective ecosystem-based adaptation measures is of utmost importance in order to successfully shield from the impacts of climate change.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), in partnership with GIZ, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is currently implementing the Biodiversity and Climate Change (BMCC) Project, with its overall objective of coherent implementation of biodiversity and climate change-related policies, strategies and practices to increasingly contribute to diversifying and securing livelihoods of local natural resource dependent communities in Namibia, aims to face these challenges.

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The European Union Climate Change Action

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BY TEXT CONTRIBUTED BY THE EU DELEGATION IN NAMIBIA

The EU is committed to become a highly energy-efficient, low-carbon economy, and is therefore at the forefront of international efforts to tackle Climate Change. Building a European Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy is a top priority for the European Commission. As such, the EU has chosen the headship mode of leading by example, being the first region to have passed binding legislation to ensure that ambitious climate and energy targets are met in 2020. 

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Stakeholder Influence Mapping in the Climate Change Adaptation Agenda: Lessons From Namibia

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BY DR. SALMA HEGGA AND NGUZA SIYAMBANGO - UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA (UNAM)

Climate change projections for Namibia project temperature increases of 1 to 4°C and increased variability in rainfall patterns. The climate risks associated with temperature increase and unpredictable rainfall will impact subsistence farmers and consequently the rural Namibian population that rely mainly on rain-fed agriculture. The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Areas (ASSAR) is conducting research to deepen understanding of the drivers of vulnerability to climate change and explore ways to promote e ective adaptation across scales in semi-arid regions.

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Vulnerability Assessments Of Natural Resource Dependent Communities In Namibia And Ecosystem-Based Adaption Strategies To Climate Change

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Climate Change Adaptation is a buzzing topic on the international agenda. But is it clear what adaptation to climate change in relation to ecosystems and their services means? Choosing the right approach and designing effective ecosystem-based adaptation measures is of utmost importance in order to successfully shield from the impacts of climate change.

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Wolwedans Sustainability: Acting Today For A Better Tomorrow

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Wolwedans – a household name in the Namibian tourism circuit - is more than a collection of camps. Its ethos lies in setting an example in sustainable business practices. During 2015 the entire Wolwedans Collection was audited by Eco-Awards Namibia and scored a five-flower rating at the very first go. This remarkable achievement affirms the leading role Wolwedans has adopted in running a sustainable tourism operation. How did this come about?

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What Will Stop Global Warming? - Not Cop21 Or Any Other Agreement By World Leaders

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It would be wrong and foolish to assume that the world’s leaders are incapable of the wisdom and foresight needed to come to an agreement this December in Paris on setting global limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GGE). It would be equally wrong to believe that these politicians are incapable of the guile to agree on nothing more than what they planned to do at home in any case. It is entirely conceivable that the agreement in Paris will simply reflect the extent to which the world’s great Greenhouse Gas emitters have implemented domestic policies to limit GGEs and not due to any act of international statesmanship, wise political foresight or concern for humanity. It is as ever, the cold hard economic facts of the price of electricity generated by renewable as opposed to by fossil fuels that will ultimately determine the pace at which humanity ends the ‘300 year Reich’ of coal and other fossil fuels. Whether our species survives the impact of global warming that is already inevitable by virtue of past decisions, is quite another matter. 

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Farmer Profile: How I Built Resiliency Into My Farming Business

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 I farm in the great Kunene region and this year of all years we feel the impacts of climate change the most. The farming business has become very fragile as we depend on Mother Nature for watering our crops and the veld in which our livestock graze. As such, the highly unpredictable rainfall in Namibia negatively impacts our farming activities.

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Youth Profile: How The Youth Can Transform Our Society For A Climate-Resilient Future

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The idea started when I read a book by Wangari Maathai from Kenya who won a Noble Peace Prize for planting trees in Kenya. She lived her whole life planting trees and educating people on climate change and environmental issues. I then decided to come up with this initiative in Namibia to plant 1 million trees in ten years across the entire country. Although Namibia is one of driest countries in Africa, there is a need for our country to be transformed into a green land. I believe that we can use our underground water to water those trees.

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Water As A Human Right

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The establishment of long term sustainable water supply schemes and the provision of adequate sanitation services require huge capital investments. These services are therefore very expensive and are not something that can be funded or done by individuals. The intervention of an elected Government is essential to facilitate water resources development, the provision of sanitation services and the recovery of the cost.

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