The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism hosted a grant award ceremony on the 11th of June 2019 that was officiated by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob. In total, 19 projects worth N$ 86 Million were awarded through the project titled Empower to Adapt:Creating Climate-Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community Based Natural Resource in Namibia (CBNRM EDA) Project. It is expected that over 170,000 people will benefit from the first call of proposals, and about 300 green jobs will be created.
Lusese Conservancy located in Zambezi region was one of the fortunate Community Based Organisation (CBOs) to receive funding to the tune of Four Million Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand Namibian Dollars (N$ 4, 475,000.00) from the CBNRM EDA Project Grant Facility. The conservancy’s project is titled “Integrated Flood Management to enhance climate resilience of the eastern floodplains of the Zambezi Region of Namibia”. The project site is located at Lusese Village, Kabbe South Constituency in Zambezi region. The Lusese conservancy covers a total area of 1,195 square kilometers characterized by Shrub Savanna biome that provides ecosystem goods and support services for the local communities to diversify their livelihoods.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on Sunday, 24 November 2019 at Lusese Village, Kabbe South Constituency in Zambezi Region. The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by the Honourable Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism.
The CBNRM EDA Project Grant Facility under which the Lusese conservancy grant is financed, highlights the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia’s (EIF) commitment towards addressing climate change. It further highlights the Funds contribution towards the realization of Namibia’s obligations to national and international climate change frameworks.