NaDEET gets new centre
Environmental sustainability is vital
30 October 2019 | Environment
Paulina ; Mayor of Swakopmund; “…we have witnessed yet another remarkable milestone that is geared towards this goal.”
The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) urban sustainability centre was recently launched in Swakopmund.
Registered in Namibia as a non-profit trust, NaDEET is a vibrant environmental education organisation. At the core of NaDEET’s programmes, is the environmental education centre located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve where children and adult participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment.
Their environmental literacy and outreach programmes complement the centre’s activities and expand its reach nationwide.
NaDEET has had a small head office in Swakopmund since 2014, before the launch of their new NaDEET Urban Sustainability Centre.
Speaking at the launch, the mayor of Swakopmund, Paulina Nashilundo, said that environmental sustainability has become a vital aspect in Namibia especially in Swakopmund as the town strives to be resilient.
“It is important to know that building a town that is resilient should involve all stakeholders. This includes private businesses, governmental organisations, the Swakopmund municipality and the local community working together to adapt and grow despite the environmental, economic and social stresses and acute shocks the town may experience.”
Nashilundo commended private and public organisations for their commitment in ensuring that the town is able to become resilient.
She also congratulated the NaDEET staff for their hard work over the years.
“It is pleasing to see that the centre offers educational programmes that are aimed at addressing relevant environmental issues and providing hands-on training on how to practice it in our everyday lives.”
She added that Swakopmund municipal council strives to ensure an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable tourism sector that will contribute to the empowerment of local people and ultimately improve the quality of life of all Swakopmund residents.
The centre is located at 5 Libertina Amathila Avenue in the central business district. It is open on weekdays from 09:00 to 16:30, from 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays and on request on Sundays.