World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals
A sneak peek into activities of how the EIF will transform Namibia into an economy that is green, low carbon and climate resilient. This is EIF!
Namibia - Movie haven
Namibia's rugged and beautiful environment lends itself as a Hollywood movie set. One of the movies shot on location here is Mad Max: Fury Road
Landcruisers for Anti-Rhino poaching
Rhino and Elephant poaching in Namibia intensified in 2014 and early 2015. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has however taken the fight to the syndicates. The Fund has proactively joined the fight by donating 2 Toyota Landcruiser pickups to help in patrolling efforts. Here is a snapshot of the handover ceremony!
Increases in natural disasters such as drought, floods and hurricanes; rising sea levels, ocean acidification, depletion of water resources and strains on agricultural production –
These are just some of the unprecedented challenges presented by Climate change.
Given the reliance of the majority of Namibia’s population on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as crop cultivation, livestock management and fishing, the potential impacts of these changes could be catastrophic for Namibia.
While tackling these challenges, we are however presented with economic and social opportunities to transform Namibia and establish a pattern of greener, more environmentally friendly economic growth and create jobs.
The EIF can promote “green technologies” throughout Namibia’s economy in the area of energy efficiency, water use efficiency, and recycling and waste management systems.
While the Ministry of Mines and Energy has the responsibility for energy policy, energy efficiency programmes have been insufficient and donor dependent. The EIF will work with commercial banks to provide subsidized loans for energy efficiency measures for households and businesses.
Namibia already produces household and industrial waste but it is not clear whether these waste streams are managed in an environmentally friendly way. In instances where there is no clear polluter with the legal obligation to dispose of waste in an environmentally responsible way, the EIF could provide resources to organizations that are prepared to take on this responsibility. Some Namibian municipalities have started to roll out a household waste recycling service but it is not clear what the economics of household and other recycling are. Based on further research, the EIF could provide support to efforts around the country for greater household and other waste recycling.
The EIF intends to support projects that address the following areas:
- Renewable energy
- Water efficiency and recycling
- Sustainable water treatment
- Biogas (sewerage and sanitation systems, etc.)
- Sustainable transport
- Landfill upgrade and management
- Waste management
- Oil recycling
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Ministry of Mines & Energy
Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development
SME Bank Namibia
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI)
United Nations Development Programme
The Small Grants Programme