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  • Business Breakfast Meeting: A resounding success

    Posted on Mar 24, 2015

    <p>The Business Breakfast meeting on <i>Promoting Good Governance in the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services: Challnges, Gaps and Opportunities </i> was a success. Here is a<b> summary of some of the outcomes</b> from the meeting.</p> <p><a href="" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff1c81358.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-3014" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff120e0cd.jpg" alt="FotorCreated 2" width="600" height="525"></a></p> <ul><li>We should all take responsibility for our water resources.</li> <li>We should engage in activities that will facilitate restoration of our river systems.</li> <li>Everyone’s involvement and participation is of paramount importance especially in reducing the levels of pollution.</li> <li>There are various open forums like the Upper Swakop Basin Committee where we can all be involved.</li> <li>The City of Windhoe...</li></ul></p>

  • Invitation to a breakfast meeting 25 March 2015

    Posted on Mar 23, 2015

    <p>The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the Centre for Water Management Services (cewas) will be co-hosting a business breakfast on the 25th of March 2015 at Nice Restaurant from 08:00 am to 10:30 am.</p> <p>The topic for this ‘Dialogue’ is: <b>Promoting Good Governance in the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services: Challenges, Gaps and Opportunities.</b></p> <p>The target group of the Business Breakfast includes policy makers, local authorities, practitioners, civil society organisations and the general public. We will be greatly honoured if you co...</p>

  • World Water Day 22 March

    Posted on Mar 18, 2015

    <p>Piet du Pisani, the Director of the DRFN handed over books to Maria Amakali, the Director of Resource Management in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and Cynthia Ortmann, the Chair of the Local Organizing committee. This is in preparation for the commemoration of the World Wetlands/Water Day. This year’s celebrations will be held at Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI), in Kavango East from the 25th to the 26th of March 2015. This will be under the theme “Water and Sustainable development”.</p> <p></p> <center><a href="" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff4db38a0.jpg"><img src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff420d49b.jpg" alt="piet" width="400" height="400" align="center" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2974" srcset=" 150w, 96w, 24w, 36w, 48w, 64w" sizes="(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px"></a></center> <p>This donation of books on water and the environment is aimed at learners who ar...</p></center>

  • Gender mainstreaming training

    Posted on Mar 16, 2015

    <p>The overall objective of the SADC Gender Unit is to facilitate the achievement of substantive equality between women and men in the SADC region. This is to be achieved through mainstreaming gender into all national and regional policies, programmes and activities. SADC member states are encouraged to adopt positive measures to accelerate progress in this regard.</p> <p>The SADC-IWRM pilot project was held in Mariental between 10 and 11 March 2015. The pilot project had the opportunity to work together with Ms. Muchimba Sikumba-Dils from the SADC Gender Unit on these two days. The training workshop...</p>

  • Environmental books for leaners

    Posted on Mar 08, 2015

    <p>The environment has an important role in children’s development because of the amount of time children spend in the environment. Children spend most of their time playing outdoors and interacting with the environment. We believe children are special enough to provide a beautiful environment for their benefit. After all, they are tomorrow’s leaders and therefore need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges. This means preparing them for the future they will inherit. Children should learn how to interact and preserve the environment. They should learn to relate to the environment in a way that ...</p>

  • The Sustainable abattoirs project

    Posted on Feb 27, 2015

    <p>The Sustainable abattoirs project was implemented at Brukarros Meat Processors (BMP) between November 2013 and March 2014. It was implemented by the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia in collaboration with Sustainable Business Malardalen, Malardalen University, and the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).</p> <p>The overall aim of the project was to investigate how to improve management of solid waste and waste-water at the abattoir and the tannery, as well as demonstrate how to decrease water consumption by...</p>

  • Living conditions of the San people of Namibia

    Posted on Feb 27, 2015

    <p><img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff8d49af1.jpg" alt="San study" border="0" width="600" height="312"></p> <p>The Desert Research foundation of Namibia in partnership with Legal Assistance Centre conducted a study focusing on the living conditions of the San communities in Namibia. Participatory research methods were applied during this study with the aim of involving the San people and obtaining a deeper insight into their livelihoods, views and perceptions. The study focused on all the regions where the San of Namibia live. The study covered a wide range of themes including: access to land; livelihoods and poverty; culture; education; health; gender; participation and representation. This has culmi...</p></p>

  • Upper Swakop Workshop

    Posted on Mar 24, 2014

    <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Group photo of participants" src="/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/58c8ff97848b0.jpg" width="600" height="450" border="0"></p> <p>Following the workshop held on 20 February 2014 to elect a Basin Management Committee for the Upper Swakop, please find the following documents as agreed to be uploaded on the website:<br><a href="">Workshop Minutes</a><br><a href="">Participants List</a><br><a href="">Water Act</a><br><a href="">Basin Guidebook</a></p> <p><b>PRESENTATIONS</b></p> <p><a href="">Basin Management</a><br><a href="http:/">Economic Analysis </a><br><a href="http:/">Potential Pollution Hotspots</a><br><a href="http:/">Mapping Tool</a><br><a href="http:/">Recap</a><br><a href="http:/">Water Supply</a></p></br></br></br></br></p></br></br></br></p></p>

  • Management of the Upper Swakop Basin

    Posted on Feb 10, 2014

    <p>The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in collaboration with NamWater and other stakeholders are working on improving the water quality of water sources in the Upper Swakop Basin to ensure water security. In order to raise awareness among stakeholders and water users on the water quality and quantity management challenges of the Upper Swakop Basin; exchange information on current development challenges and their impacts on the water resources; and to discuss the importance of basin (health) protection towards sustainable development; the “Workshop on the Management of the Upper Swakop...</p>

  • SDP Concludes with Successful Information Day

    Posted on Feb 10, 2014

    <p>SDP 17 wrapped up on Saturday 01 February with Information Day 2014. The 11 SDP participants put on an intriguing role play about the possible future of the Greater Sossusvlei Namib Landscape (GSNL), the area where their study took place, and how not tackling the challenges of managing water sources, wastewater and solid waste might negatively impact the area.</p> <p>Set 20 years in the future, the role play followed several tourists as they visited the GSNL and discovered what tragedies had unfolded across the landscape: contaminated water, rubbish stuck in trees, dumps attracting large animals, and...</p>

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