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  • Piloting performance of composting waste from Abattoir

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013

    <p>Brukkaros Meat Processors (BMP) is an abattoir located in southern Namibia near Keetmanshoop which process and exports goat, sheep and game for Namibia, South Africa and the European Union. A partnership was established with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DFRN), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in an effort to decrease the environmental impacts from the abattoir waste.</p> <p>Through this collaboration, field work was undertaken from 21-29 October 2013 to develop and test environmentally sustainable methods for m...</p>

  • The DRFN attended the FLC partners reception at the residence of the Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Finland in Windhoek

    Posted on Nov 10, 2013

    <p>The reception was organized by the Embassy of Finland in honor of the Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) Coordinators from Eastern and Southern Africa who were visiting Namibia. The purpose of the reception was to celebrate and share the good work of FLC Partners in Namibia in addressing the country’s development challenges. During the reception, the advocacy posters that were developed by the FLC Partners in Namibia together with PACT Namibia were presented.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ffc996160.jpg" alt="PhotoCrop 2013 11 11 04 29 27 PM" border="0" width="600" height="357"></p> <p><i></i></p> <center>DRFN staff presenting their poster during the FLC Partners reception</center> <p>The DRFN presented their poster from one of their projects funded b...</p></p>

  • Teacher’s workshop in Mariental

    Posted on Nov 07, 2013

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

  • DRFN partners with EIF to promote environmental journalism

    Posted on Nov 05, 2013

    <p>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).</p> <p>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 ...</p>

  • Botanical Society Tree award

    Posted on Oct 23, 2013

    <p>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.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ffff42dd0.jpg" alt="Tree awards 011" border="0" width="600" height="479"></p> <p>The tree awards are an initiative of the Botanical society to create awareness about the value o...</p></p>

  • International Collaboration in the Desert: A new Aggie Tradition

    Posted on Oct 17, 2013

    <p>Texas A&amp;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&amp;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.</p> <p>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...</p>

  • Contributing to climate neutrality of the UNCCD COP11 – Providing Pico Solar Home Systems to help Namibian students study at night

    Posted on Oct 14, 2013

    <p>Approximately 66% of the Namibian population did not have access to electricity in 2009 (Namibia report, 2012). Those without electricity mostly live in rural areas or in informal urban settlements. Illegal connections to the existing grid as well as open fires, candles and paraffin lights are often used to generate light at night. These practices are of serious safety and health concerns as they may cause injuries or even death, particularly amongst young children and elderly people. The absence of light can further reduce the ability of students to read and study at home. This may cause poor...</p>

  • Summer Desertification Programme

    Posted on Oct 08, 2013

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c9001e49bcf.jpg" alt="SDP" border="0" width="600" height="362"></p> <p>The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Gobabeb Centre) is inviting students and recent graduates from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) to apply for participation in the Summer Desertification Programme (SDP). Students from all faculties are invited to apply.</p> <p>The objectives of the programme are to equip Namibian students and recent graduates with experience and training in integrated sustainable land management through applied research approaches, critical thinking and problem solving.</p> <p>The theme for the 2013/2...</p></p>

  • SADC training workshop

    Posted on Oct 07, 2013

    <p>The aim of IWRM Community Projects is to strengthen the capacities of local communities to apply IWRM through the adoption of a practical approach of “learning by doing”. The community projects are designed to directly improve livelihoods and focus on initiatives such as water supply, water sanitation and hygiene, water storage, disaster risks reduction, and small scale irrigation, among others. The purpose of this project will be to demonstrate the benefits of IWRM to promote peace and security reduce poverty and improve climate resilience within the context of shared watercourses. The projec...</p>

  • 2013 Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research

    Posted on Oct 07, 2013

    <p>The DRFN is proud to announce that Dr Mary Seely is the recipient of the 2013 “Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research”. Dr Seely will receive this prestigious award during this month Annual General Meeting of the American Geological Society in Denver/Colorado. The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research was established in 1999 by the GSA Foundation as a Division award administered entirely by the Division. Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, contributed the initial endowment for the award.</p> <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c900372a24c.jpg" alt="Seely" border="0" width="600" height="400"></p> <p>The award is given annually for ...</p></p>

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