4% less rain predicted for Namibia

11 November 2021 | Weather

Windhoek • [email protected]

Namibia can expect several serious climate change impacts such as annual rainfall decreasing by 4% from a global warming of 1.5 degree Celsius.

With the global temperature rise set to surpass 1.5 degrees by the year 2030, climate change models have predicted that the impact of climate change in Namibia will be greater than this global average.

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta says adaptation is therefore critical for a country like Namibia, which is already battling with the impact of climate change.

He was speaking on Monday during a high-level ministerial dialogue on adaptation action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Food insecurity

According to him, some of the impacts that Namibia can expect are that annual rainfall will reduce up to 4%, the evaporation rate will increase by 10%, cereal and livestock production will reduce by 10%, and the number of hot days will increase by 21 per year.

Shifeta said these projected climatic events will have considerable social and economic consequences.

“The country’s poor and rural populations will be the most vulnerable because they are the most reliant on natural resources.

“We are therefore calling on negotiators at this COP, and particularly the developed countries, to provide clarity on how they will ensure that a minimum of US$100 billion in climate finance is achieved by 2024.”

He said Namibia supports a scaled-up financial goal that is based on the needs of developing countries to support the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to reach net zero emissions trajectory as soon as possible, while striking a balance of the allocation between adaptation and mitigation through significant increase of grant-based not loans to burden developing countries.

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