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  • Skoonheid Welcomes OYETU: Leather Crafts

    Posted on May 03, 2018

    <p>The Oyetu Project stirred much enthusiasm in Skoonheid as community members gathered to collect applications in preparation for selection of participants. The Oyetu Project offers a unique opportunity for participants: a comprehensive two-year training program designed to teach a valuable marketable craft and the necessary skills to launch a successful business.</p> <p>Chief Langman rallied Skoonheid residents using text messaging to announce the introductory meeting. The next morning fifty people were organized and ready for the Oyetu presenters, Samuel Sheyanena and Laura Pond. Hopeful Skoonheid re...</p>

  • Teamwork in Action: Drimiopsis

    Posted on May 02, 2018

    <p>On April 25<sup>th</sup> the DRFN gathered stakeholders from multiple sectors for a collaborative meeting to outline goals and objectives in support of community management and development in Drimiopsis.  Belinda Thanises, project manager for LIPUS 4, organized the meeting to clarify duties and responsibilities - paving the way toward capacity building through strategic governance. </p> <p>As Drimiopsis moves closer to transition from resettlement farm to village it is important to emphasize collaboration.  The transition from dependency to self-sufficiency requires all stakeholders to embrace significant chang...</p>

  • ASSAR newspaper series on Botswana

    Posted on Apr 26, 2018

    <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 as well as other countries in Africa and South Asia (see <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>These stories have been produced by South African science writer and author Leonie Joubert, and the objective of this series is to inform policymakers with evidence-based ideas that address key development concerns across the region, in the context of climate change. This feature st...</p>

  • Experiential learning: fun way of learning about climate change

    Posted on Apr 25, 2018

    <p>The ASSAR project; being a research project on climate change had to be innovative on how to feedback these complex and scientific findings to the community in a manner that was easy to understand and fun and this is how experiential learning came about.</p> <p>Experiential learning is defined as a process whereby which students develop knowledge, skills and values from direct experiences outside the traditional learning environment. The experiential learning games were developed by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.</p> <p>The fun began with the telephone game which was aimed at informing the parti...</p>

  • ASSAR series on "diamonds of Bobirwa'

    Posted on Apr 19, 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>

  • 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>

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