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  • Launching DRFN’s information platform

    Posted on Jun 06, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="DRFN withoutlogo high res.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c901d654ef6.jpg" alt="DRFN withoutlogo high res" width="498" height="309" border="0"></p> <p>The DRFN launches a new Information Platform, allowing all visitors to the DRFN website to access digital environmental information generated from DRFN’s library collections at the Windhoek office and at <a href="http://www.gobabebtrc.org/">Gobabeb Research and Training Centre</a> in the Namib Naukluft Park.</p> <p>The information platform hosts five different searchable databases developed by the DRFN:<br> – DLIB, our knowledge management database containing over 4000 reports and other publications</p> <p>– Enviroteach: A dedicated searchable archive for publications developed under the Enviroteach project</p> <p>– DEA RDP: A searchable archive for Directo...</p></p></p>

  • Launching SDP report database

    Posted on May 30, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SDP_logo.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c901df51944.jpg" alt="SDP logo" width="300" height="116" border="0"></p> <p>The DRFN is now launching a searchable database with summary reports from the Summer Desertification Programme (SDP) that was implemented by the DRFN with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) annually from 1992 to 2005.</p> <p>The SDP was designed as a hands-on, field training experience for students from the several Namibian tertiary institutions. Each of the thirteen two-month projects provided the opportunity for the application of theory to environmental problem solving for sustainable development. Economic, social and environmental sustainability were all...</p></p>

  • Vacancy: Gobabeb Executive Director

    Posted on May 21, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="gobabeb_logo-RESEARCH &amp; TRAINING SMALL.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c901e80e23c.jpg" alt="Gobabeb logo RESEARCH TRAINING SMALL" width="600" height="301" border="0"></p> <p>Gobabeb Research and Training Centre is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of <strong>Executive Director</strong>. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading research, training and education activities and coordinating with associated tourism developments.</p> <p>To download the announcement for the advertised position for the <strong>Executive Director</strong> of Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, please click <a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/GBB_ED_Position_Announcement_2.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>To download the Role Profile for the <strong>Executive Director</strong> of Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, please click <a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/ED_Role_Profile_0212.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Please note that closing date of submission of your application is t...</strong></p></p>

  • E-CAP team conducts participatory inspection of Otji-toilets

    Posted on May 20, 2012

    <p>A five day physical inspection and assessment of 17 Otji-toilets installed during the first year of the E-CAP project was carried out in Grundorn South and Nico Noord, using a questionnaire including a sketch of the structure of the Otji-toilet.</p> <p>The inspection of the 17 dry sanitation systems revealed that most toilets were in good condition with slight or no smell and were kept clean by the owners. However, a common problem is the cracking of the drying plate on which the collection drums stand. According to the users of the toilets the drying plate cracks when the full drum is switched with ...</p>

  • Tsumkwe Energy: system maintenance and network expansion

    Posted on May 14, 2012

    <p>On Tuesday, 8th May 2012, Abraham Hangula flew up to Tsumkwe with the contractors responsible for the installation of the hybrid system. The aim of this trip was to resolve some crucial outstanding technical issues on the system. These issues ranged from the synchronization of the diesel generators to the solar system, the communications between various system components, a non-functional battery bank and to perform basic maintenance on the diesel generators.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9020558f6d.jpg" alt="IMG 3986" border="0" width="600" height="400"></p> <p></p> <center><i>Tsumkwe Energy inverter room</i></center> <p>The trip was successful, as the team managed to resolve all the technical problems. A training session wa...</p></p>

  • 2nd LIPROSAN NEWSLETTER

    Posted on May 13, 2012

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9020f5344c.png" alt="Capture" border="0" width="600" height="79"></p> <p>The second edition of the newsletter for The Livelihood Program for Okongo San Resettlement Projects (LIPROSAN) can now be downloaded.</p> <p>The LIPROSAN programme targets the resettlement projects of Onamatadiva, Eendobe, Oshanashiwa and Ekoka in the Okongo Constituency of Ohangwena Region. The LIPROSAN Newsletter shares progress made and inform you of the project’s planned activities.The LIPROSAN programmes in the Ohangwena Region are implemented by the DRFN and the Government.</p> <p>Please click <a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/land/newsletter/LIPROSAN_newsletter_March-April_2012.pdf">here</a> to read the newsletter</p></p>

  • DRFN annual report 2010-2011

    Posted on May 07, 2012

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9021a5e28c.jpg" alt="DRFN annual report 2011n" title="DRFN_annual_report_2011n.jpg" border="0" width="600" height="550"><br> DRFN is glad to make its annual report for the period 2010 to 2011 available for download. The report can be downloaded by clicking <a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/drfn/2010-2011_DRFN_Annual_Report.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>We are certain that this report will provide you with much interesting information about our past and current projects.</p></img></p>

  • Napcod book launched

    Posted on May 07, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="napcod_book2.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c90228c799a.jpg" alt="Napcod book2" width="600" height="535" border="0"></p> <p></p> <center> <strong><a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/napcod/napcod_book_small.pdf">“Proud of our deserts: combating desertification</a><br> An NGO perspective on a National Programme to Combat Desertification”</strong> <p>by Mary Seely and Sharon Montgomery.</p> <p></p> </center> <p><strong>The DRFN has the pleasure to launch this new book presenting the outcomes and impacts of Namibia’s Programme to Combat Decertification (Napcod) seen from an NGO perspective.</strong></p> <p>Napcod arose out of needs identified at independence in 1990, incorporated into its constitution, and captured in Namibia’s Green Plan taken to Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Nevertheless, the dry years experienced in southern Africa during the early 1990s meant that drou...</p></center></p>

  • WPI 2012 Final reports

    Posted on May 07, 2012

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="wpi2012_cover.jpg" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c902322c60c.jpg" alt="Wpi2012 cover" width="600" height="430" border="0"><br> The final reports presenting the findings of the two student teams from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the USA can now be downloaded from the DRFN website. The study titled “<a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/ecap/reports/comp2/WPI2012_ECAP.pdf">Improving solid and human waste Management in Rural Namibian communities</a>: A participatory approach to centralized waste collection and a dry sanitation evaluation in the communities of Grundorn South and Nico Noord” was conducted by Elyssa Dorenfeld, Patrick Ford, Livia Motz and John Petipas, and was a valuable contribution to the <a href="http://www.drfn.org.na/projects/water/ecap/">E-CAP project</a>.</p> <p>The second study titled “<a href="http://www.drfn.info/docs/energy/tsumkwe/WPI2012_Tsumkwe.pdf">Lights on the horizon</a>: a socioeconomic imp...</p></img></p>

  • WPI investigating solid waste in rural Namibia

    Posted on Apr 25, 2012

    <p>Lack of solid waste management in rural communities can be a threat to both humans and animals and the environment they live in. Windblown waste is not only an eyesore in the landscape but a hazard to, e.g. children and small stock. The consumption of waste by small stock makes them ill and can kill them, which has a negative effect on the income of many farming communities.</p> <p>Four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have conducted a study associated to the <a href="http://www.drfn.org.na/projects/water/ecap/">E-CAP project</a> with the goal to investigate the generation and management of solid waste at household level and to assess the v...</p>

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