The DRFN through its Orange-Senqu River Learning Box project conducted a teachers’ workshop in Mariental on the 4 and 5 of November. The workshop was aimed at providing the participants the opportunity to collate recommendations on the RLB in order to strengthen the contents of RLB materials to ensure that they are relevant to the Namibian context.

The teachers provided feedback on the following:
• Usefulness and challenges of using the RLB as well as suggestions to improve
• Provide statistics of learners who benefited from the RLB for each school
• Actions on how the school plans to ta...


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The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) was a partner in the preparation of the CoP 11 Journalism Awards, which were aimed at increasing media coverage of the just-ended 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (held in Windhoek from 16-27 September).

The awards for local journalists were sponsored by the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF). The competition looked at the best reporting on desertification, land degradation and drought for CoP 11 in print, electronic media and photography. The award includes cash prizes and certificates for ...

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The Summer Development programme (SDP) which is a research training course for graduate students initiated by DRFN and Gobabeb, received a tree award from the Botanical Society last Thursday at the National Botanical Research Institute. The award was given in recognition of the research efforts that the programme undertook recently looking at the death of Faidherbia albida in the lower Swakop and Kuiseb Rivers. The award further recognised other projects that the programme undertook on vegetation.

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The tree awards are an initiative of the Botanical society to create awareness about the value o...

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Texas A&M University is fond of tradition. The old saying goes: if it is done once, it is an accident; twice, a tradition. Henceforth, a new A&M tradition was started this summer – a tradition of traveling 8,000 miles around the world into a sea of sand at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre. From this tradition, an international collaboration was born.

The partnership between the ALEC department and the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre will be on display when Mary Seely, Ph.D., Associate for the centre, will be on campus as a part of the Borlaug Seminar Series. Presented by the Norma...

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