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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

EU supports Namibia to mitigate climate change effects

The Namibia Red Cross Society with support from the European Union (EU) has launched a renewable energy initiative at Muyako village, in efforts to mitigate climate change. According to the Namibian, Zambezi Red Cross board chairperson Innocent Mahoto said the project aims to promote the use of various forms of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in 10 selected rural communities of the Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West regions. "Selected small-scale farmers of which most are in off-grid electricity areas will benefit from the installation of renewable energy in community gardens that will facilitate a responsible and environmentally friendly use of resources," said Mahoto. The project, which started in March 2017 and ends February 2019, aims to raise awareness on renewable energy and energy efficient technologies, and the setting up of solar pumping systems in the agricultural production.   Namibia has been reported to be highly vulnerable to impacts of climate change due to its geographic location, its variable weather patterns and a number of socio-economic factors."The project will facilitate the construction of 200 energy-saving cooking stoves, as you know climate change is real. We need to ensure that we reduce the cutting down of trees for firewood. It will also distribute solar lamps to 200 families, which will reduce paraffin usage and help reduce the effects of climate change, as well as indoor pollution," he said. Mahoto further stated that they will also install energy-efficient irrigation water pumps, which will replace the diesel-powered boreholes, in order to promote the use of solar-powered boreholes.

Source: Esi Africa