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  • Namibia Side Events & Special Events for COP 11

    Posted on Sep 12, 2013

    <p>The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia is co-hosting side events &amp; Special Events for COP 11 on the following dates. </p> <p></p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c90099550e6.jpg" alt="Side Event 16 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"></p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9009e40cf9.jpg" alt="Side Event 17 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"><br><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900a3406c8.jpg" alt="Side Event 18 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"><br><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900a840f6a.jpg" alt="Special Event 18 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"><br><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900ae4083d.jpg" alt="Side Event 19 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"><br><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900b359a56.jpg" alt="Special Event 19 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"><br><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900b853245.jpg" alt="Side Event 25 Sep small" border="0" width="423" height="600"></p></br></img></br></img></br></img></br></img></br></img></p></p>

  • Tale of Two Rivers

    Posted on Aug 19, 2013

    <p><a href=""><img src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900be4188f.jpg" alt="" title="photo 1" width="667" height="500" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2659" srcset=" 667w, 300w, 624w" sizes="(max-width: 667px) 100vw, 667px"></a></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>Left to right: Tertu Lileka, Anna Auala, Ruusa Gottlieb &amp; Miya Kabajani</center> <p>Four SDP participants presenting their “Tale of Two Rivers” to the Botanical Society of Namibia, 15 August 2013. This was the project for 2012/2013 SDP that addressed the die-off of Faidherbia Albida trees in the Swakop River and compared the situation with the Kuiseb River.</p></p>

  • DRFN Strategic Retreat

    Posted on Aug 13, 2013

    <p>A strategic retreat was held on the 3rd of August 2013 at Dan Viljoen to brainstorm on the way forward for the DRFN in a changing environment. </p> <p>The gathering provided ideal environment for staff, associates and the Board members to share and deliberate on key issues that are pertinent to the sustainability of the DRFN.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900c8efce2.png" alt="Pic" border="0" width="600" height="359"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>DRFN’ers engaged in a discussion</center> <p>Going forward, the DRFN should not only focus on its core mandate but scout and create opportunities that are marketable for the DRFN.</p> <p>In conclusion, policies on consultancies, advocacy, training and research will be developed by DRFN to affi...</p></p>

  • New Project: Sharing lessons learnt with decision makers for sustainable environmental management and livelihoods improvement

    Posted on Aug 13, 2013

    <p>The Finnish Embassy has once again allocated funds to the DRFN to implement a project that will focus on:</p> <p>1. Good practices/lessons learnt communicated (advocated) to high-level decision makers for adoption in the areas of sustainable land management, integrated water resources management (including sanitation) and renewable energy.</p> <p>2. Factual reporting capacity of journalists in the areas of sustainable land, management, integrated water resources management (including sanitation) and renewable energy enhanced.</p> <p>3. Contribution of “green jobs” to livelihoods improvement, environmental su...</p>

  • Orange-Senqu River Learning Box project – Teachers pre-test workshop

    Posted on Jul 22, 2013

    <p>The DRFN is assisting in the development of Environmental Education resource materials about the Orange-Senqu River Basin, targeting 10-12 year old primary school learners in this transboundary basin. The first phase of the project was successfully completed in 2012. A two day workshop was conducted with teachers from six schools in the basin (Omaheke and Karas Regions) in Keetmashoop on the 15th and 16th July 2013. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the River Learning Box to the teachers and build their capacity to enable implementation of the RLB in their respective schools.</p> <p>During the...</p>


    Posted on Apr 14, 2013

    <p>The E-CAP project came to an end on the 31st of March 2013 after 12 months of implementation. The Donor (Finnish Embassy) and some of the DRFN project staff visited the Kalkrand Village Council on the 3rd of April 2013 to discuss the impacts of the project with representatives of the community and council.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c90103869db.jpg" alt="IMG 0926" border="0" width="600" height="450"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>Marika Matengu (Finish Embassy) in discussion with community members on what still need to be addressed.</center> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c90108823ea.jpg" alt="IMG 0930" border="0" width="600" height="450"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>The technical team showing Marika Matengu one of the problematic collection chambers in Kalkrand.</center> <p>Though the community and village council representatives were happy that the sanitati...</p></p></p>

  • Practical training provided on vacuum sewerage systems to Village Council and Municipality employees in the South. Also, a follow up on the socioeconomic survey and awareness raising in the Stampriet informal settlement.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2013

    <p>The E-CAP project team travelled to Kalkrand and Stampriet together with 12 employees from Gibeon, Kalkrand, the Stampriet Village Councils and Gobabis Municipality.</p> <p>The trip took place from the 11th-15th of February 2013 and the aim was to train the employees on how to maintain their sanitation sewerage systems. Vacuum sewerage systems are being used which are very technical and expensive to maintain. Most of them face challenges regarding the maintenance of the systems, the biggest one being the lack of knowledge, skills and experience amongst the Municipality employees, as well as the commu...</p>

  • Training for basin management committee and forum members of Tsumeb sub-basin

    Posted on Nov 21, 2012

    <p>Training for the Tsumeb Sub Basin Management Committee and Forum Members was held in Tsumeb from the 6th – 7th of November 2012. The training was facilitated by the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia and the aim of the training was to enhance knowledge, skills and the attitude of the Basin Management Committee.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9011f40913.jpg" alt="Group work" border="0" width="600" height="450"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>Participants having group discussion on integrated water resources management</center> <p>Various topics were deliberated on during the two day training session, ranging from the legal framework, demarcation of Namibia into basins, stakeholder participation, and effective representation. The ...</p></p>

  • E-CAP: Introduction of proposed dry sanitation systems for piloting in the Nuwe Fontein and /Aub!gaos communities in the Karas Region

    Posted on Nov 15, 2012

    <p>The E-CAP team facilitated two workshops in Nuwe Fontein and /Aub!gaos. The aim of the workshops was to introduce the proposed dry sanitation systems to the communities and raise awareness on health and hygiene.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9013385670.jpg" alt="Nuwe Community" border="0" width="600" height="450"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>Nuwe Fontein community members attending the workshop</center> <p>The dry sanitation systems proposed for piloting were the Amalooloo and Envirosan. The awareness raising activities were done together with staff from the Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Cordination DWSSC and Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in the region. The dry sanitation systems were displayed for the...</p></p>

  • The weekend that was!!!! Gobabeb Open day 50th Anniversary

    Posted on Oct 10, 2012

    <p>The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre held its annual Open Day on 22nd September 2012 to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. Six DRFN staff members supported preparations and participated in the event by arranging posters of past Summer Desertification Projects, past Summer Land Care Projects and a summary of the past participants and what they are doing now. DRFN staff also sent out the invitations on their much faster website, served as the focal point for attendance confirmations and organised participation of students who had worked with Gobabeb in various projects. DRFN also supplied ...</p>

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