N$22m to community organisations

Over 25 000 people and more than 2 000 households will benefit from the grants, which will provide access to reliable and safe water supply, amongst other things.

10 November 2020 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



A total of N$22 million in grants were handed over to 12 community-based natural resource organisations.

The organisations are expected to provide access to reliable and safe water supply, despite climate-induced shocks, to over 25 000 people, and ensure that more than 2 000 households are food-secure.

This was made possible through the 'Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia' project.

At the handover ceremony held in Keetmanshoop last Friday, environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said that last year, 19 community-based natural resource organisations received grants totalling N$84 million, and this proved to have a significant positive impact on the ground.



80 000 benefit

According to him, about 80 000 community members have benefitted from these grants, including small-scale farmers and natural resource users. “The grants have created 200 job opportunities and 14 small and medium enterprises have been established.” Shifeta said that more than 100 boreholes were rehabilitated and retrofitted with solar pumping systems, providing clean water to more than 55 000 people and more than 100 000 livestock.

He said these grants contribute to poverty eradication in Namibia through increasing the resilience of vulnerable rural communities to the impacts of climate change.

He added that the 12 projects being awarded cover climate-resilient agriculture, climate-proof infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation, and are expected to achieve a myriad of impacts.

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