Namibia aims to reduce deforestation by 75% by 2030

Namibia will closely follow discussions on climate change mitigation
Namibia will, for the first time, have a pavilion at COP, made possible through sponsorships of more than N$1.2 million from various stakeholders of the environment ministry.
Ellanie Smit
Namibia has set a target in its updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reforest about 20 000 hectares every year and, at the same time, reduce the deforestation rate by 75% by 2030.

This is according to deputy environment minister Heather Sibungo, who is heading the Namibian multi-stakeholder delegation to the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention.

Namibia will, for the first time, have a pavilion at COP, made possible through sponsorships of more than N$1.2 million from various stakeholders of the environment ministry.

Sibungo said that the Namibia pavilion will accommodate all side events arranged under different thematic areas aligned with the COP presidency themes.

These themes are: climate financing; science and youth; adaptation and agriculture; green hydrogen and renewable energy; and water and partnerships.

"Each theme will have a dedicated day where presentations will be done followed by an interactive session."

Take action

Sibungo said that Namibia is concerned about the increasing devastating events associated with the adverse effects of climate change on the African continent.

She said that loss and damages should be recognised as a separate pillar of climate action, in addition to mitigation and adaptation.

"By so doing, an appropriate and consistent institutional and financial arrangement must be established in the form of a loss and damage facility."

According to her, the facility will allow finance to be channeled, which enables to address the loss and damage needs of vulnerable developing countries resulting from adverse effects of climate change.

Secondly, Namibia will closely follow discussions on climate change mitigation, said Sibungo.

Be ambitious

Under the Paris agreement, parties have committed to periodically prepare and submit more enhanced and ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to keep the global temperature well below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by mid-century.

"Namibia calls on all parties to submit more ambitious NDCs, and to adopt ambitious deadlines for achieving net zero emission. Namibia further calls on developed countries to provide the means of implementation and support for the effective implementation and enhancement of nationally determined contributions by developing countries."

She said that Namibia has revised its NDCs to address shortcomings that hamper effective implementation.

Take responsibility

The revised NDCs were recently validated at a stakeholder workshop held in Windhoek, together with their implementation strategy and action plan.

"Developed countries must acknowledge and accept, in line with the principles and provisions of the UNFCCC, that they caused global warming and thus shall demonstrate clear leadership and decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also provide financing as well as technological transfer of mitigation and adaptation actions to developing countries who contributed less to the problem."

Overlapping meetings

Meanwhile, the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Cites (COP19) will be held from 14 to 25 November and therefore overlaps with COP27.

The ministry’s executive director, Teofilus Nghitila, said that he will be leading the delegation to the Cites meeting. He said that Cites is "one of those unfair conventions" because decisions are made based on votes by the parties.

He said that they have, however, advanced their proposals and prepared sufficiently. Adoption of proposals requires a two-thirds majority vote of the parties present at the meeting.