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  • Drimiopsis – Skoonheid Collaboration: Business Development

    Posted on Mar 29, 2018

    <p>This week a successful exchange between experienced brickmakers in Skoonheid and brickmaking entrepreneurs in Drimiopsis provided an excellent opportunity for collaboration.  The seasoned Skoonheid brickmakers generously shared their successes and challenges.  In the process Skoonheid brickmakers had opportunity to examine their business structure and viability. Drimiopsis entrepreneurs learned much about the details required to own and operate a successful brick making business.</p> <p>Capacity building in resettlement communities is strengthened through collaborations and efficient use of resources...</p>

  • Successful Completion: FNB Sponsored Conservation Agriculture Training

    Posted on Mar 29, 2018

    <p>Growing food in the Kalahari Desert requires skill and tenacity.  As an expert Permaculturalist, Fabian von Hase structured training over six months -  from soil preparation to harvest. </p> <p>An emphasis on home gardens provided valuable opportunity for motivated residents to learn ecological planting techniques to help overcome the challenges of growing crops in the Kalahari Desert.  Von Hase surprised many participants with emphasis on the need for trees to moderate hot direct sunlight, conserve water, and maximize nutritional value. His training concentrated on soil amendment and mulching techni...</p>

  • ASSAR 6 part journalistic series on Climate Change

    Posted on Mar 26, 2018

    <p>The African Climate &amp; Development Initiative (<a href="http://acdi.uct.ac.za/">ACDI</a>), based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), working together with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and University of Botswana (UB), is producing a series of journalistic articles which address key research findings relating to how semi-arid regions in southern Africa should respond to the threat of a changing climate. </p> <p>This series is part of the outputs from a collaborative research project: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This 5-year (2014-2018) project focuses on climate change adaptation in the Omusati Region in Namibia ...</p>

  • Climate change adaptation: Where there is a will there is a way

    Posted on Mar 14, 2018

    <p>On the 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> of March 2018, the Office of the Governor in the Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project hosted this year’s conference under the theme Water, Food security and Adaptation to Climate Change.</p> <p>The prediction that weather conditions will become more severe during the next decades places the responsibility for adaptation on the shoulders of all Namibians, especially high-level managers, policy and decision makers across all sectors. It is therefore important for people in north-central Namibia to understand how a...</p>

  • Preparing for a move in Donkerbos

    Posted on Mar 14, 2018

    <p>When boreholes fail in the deep Kalahari Desert people living on resettlement farms face real survival issues.  Historically resilient hunters and gathers, clustered on farmland that no longer supports ancient traditions, the San must rely on boreholes for survival.  The DRFN is tasked with the responsibility to address water supply for survival. </p> <p>When boreholes in Donkerbos recently failed the DRFN identified a remedy: move closer to water source seventeen kilometres away from their current homes.  For urban dwellers with lots of mobility, a seventeen-kilometre move might be inconvenient.  Fo...</p>

  • Omusati Regional Conference on Water, Food security and Adaptation to Climate Change

    Posted on Mar 02, 2018

    <p>On the 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> of March 2018, the Office of the Governor in the Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project, will be hosting this year’s conference under the theme Water, Food security and Adaptation to Climate Change.</p> <p><strong>The challenge and rationale for the conference:</strong> The prediction that weather conditions will become more severe during the next decades places the responsibility for adaptation on the shoulders of all Namibians, especially high-level managers, policy and decision makers across all sectors. It is therefore importa...</p>

  • Entrepreneurialism

    Posted on Feb 22, 2018

    <p>San residents in Drimiopsis step up to meet challenges of high unemployment and changing economies.  This group of San entrepreneurs have begun a brick making business with an eye to the future.  Brick making in resettlement communities is an excellent use of natural resources. Community based businesses provide vitality through employment and income flow.  The DRFN aims to support entrepreneurship and business development as an important foundation for sustainable self-sufficiency.</p> <p>As part of the ongoing effort to support resident stakeholders the DRFN offers residents training and mentorship...</p>

  • Communicating Climate Messages

    Posted on Feb 21, 2018

    <p>The University of Namibia (UNAM), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and OXFAM-GB in collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, are implementing a collaborative Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project which is a  5-year (2014-2018) collaborative research focusing on climate change adaptation in Omusati Region. <a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za"></a><a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za">http://www.assar.uct.ac.za</a></p> <p>The project has generated various communications products(reports and briefs) which are available for download on its website. These products include:</p> <p>- Regional diagnostic studies for Southern Africa</p> <p>- Vulnerability and R...</p>

  • Onesi CDC getting to grips with Climate Change messaging and Disaster Risk Management

    Posted on Feb 19, 2018

    <p>The ASSAR project (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) being implemented by the University of Namibia, University of Cape Town in collaboration with the DRFN and OXFAM-GB is a 5-year (2014-2018) collaborative research project focusing on climate change adaptation in Omusati Region.</p> <p>As part of the project activities, Bernadette Shalumbu (ASSAR RIU Co-ordinator) and Ester Nangolo (ASSAR Research Assistant) accompanied by personnel from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and RedCross Namibia kicked off the first of a three series training m...</p>

  • Invitation to SASSCAL Science Symposium

    Posted on Feb 16, 2018

    <p>The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) is currently supporting a Research Portfolio comprising of 88 projects (worth € 23.8 million over five years since 2012) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).</p> <p>With the first research portfolio coming to an end in April 2018 and the start of the second research and capacity development portfolio in 2018, SASSCAL will host a SASSCAL Regional Science Conference in April 2018.The overall aim of the conference is to highlight SASSCAL’s key achievements in resear...</p>

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