Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project
The ‘Environmental Awareness Project and Climate Change Project’ (Enviromental Awareness; 2015 – 2017) was implemented as a three-year project aiming at contributing to environmental sustainability through awareness-raising on environmental protection issues as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. The project was funded by the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (BMZ) and implemented in partnership with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN). It built on the guiding principles of the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) that supports awareness generation, education, training and capacity building as the national response to climate change. The Environmental Awareness Project took a dynamic approach, including information and educational material development, a national information campaign (initiating the TH!NK Namibia Campaign), public dialogue platforms and training of multipliers.
The objectives were:
to increase knowledge and skills on environmental issues;
to promote knowledge transfer in the environmental sector;
to promote social entrepreneurship in the environmental sector; and
to support journalistic work in the environmental sector.
The main implementing partners were the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII).
Further partners were Progress Namibia, Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Namibia Youth Coalition on Climate Change (NYCCC), National Youth Council (NYC), Young Achievers (YA), Water Youth Network (WYN).
The Environmental Awareness Project successfully launched the Think Namibia Campaign, to date continued in several phases. It designed ten Fact Sheets and four Posters on diverse environmental matters in Namibia and distributed them widely to close to 1,800 Namibian schools. Ten short educational videos were produced and streamed on NBC television. Close to 20 dialogue events reached about 1,500 participants. Well sought-after publications include “Environmental Awareness for Sustainable Development – A Resource Book for Namibia and Environmental Law and Policy in Namibia – Towards Making Afrika the Tree of Life” (3rd edition; 4th edition planned for 2021). The Environmental Awareness Project further trained numerous journalists and young eco-entrepreneurs of which the best were awarded during the Sustainable Development Awards 2017. Finally, the still successfully run “Games for the SDGs” (Progress Namibia/NYCCC) have their origin in this project.
To contribute to environmental sustainability in Namibia through awareness-raising on environmental protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation.