By Confidente Reporter
GOVERNMENT, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has been working on resolutions for hydrological extremes such as floods and droughts that are a common occurrence in Namibia, by implementing a road map following UNESCO’s expertise mission in 2011.
Agriculture Minister MAWF John Mutorwa, commissioned the joint management committee of the Namibia/UNESCO Water Support Project (WSP) on September 5, when he revealed the names of the appointees to take up leadership roles to ensure the project’s implementation.
The committee consists of Abraham Nehemia (chairman), Japhet Itenge (OPM-DDRM), Titus Ndove (MoF), Annely Haiphene (NCP), Isabella Chir Chir (MME), Dr Jean-Piere Ilboudo (UNESCO), Prof Frank Kavishe (Unam), Prof Damas Mashauri (NUST), Ferdinand Katire (Namibia National Unesco Commission) and Stevenson Twkondjele (representing the Cuvelai Etosha Basin located in the central northern part of the country stretching across the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions).
Mutorwa advised the joint committee to use the policy framework document as the main guide for the practical implementation of the project.
He said the country has in the past and will in future suffer a series of hydrological extremes such as droughts and floods, and these will affect the country’s economy and the livelihood of its people negatively.
Government has called for support by and from UNESCO through its international hydrological programme (IHP) and they responded positively adding that the agency’s IHP aims to improve water security, provide assistance and build competencies in reducing vulnerabilities, as well as increasing water security for its member states.
The Namibia Water Sector Support Project is aimed at empowering young experts, water professionals and practitioners to establish a national platform for water security. This will be done by involving universities and relevant stakeholders to develop a long-term integrated flood and drought management plan for the Cuvelai- Etosha Basin, and by demonstrating the implementation of f l o o d a n d drought management policies in an applicable and transferable manner in the Lishana sub-basin.
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