CTCN workshop in Namibia: identification of technologies to address water scarcity


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Climate Technology Centre and Network

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Namibia) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) held a workshop on the identification and prioritization of technologies to address water scarcity and climate change impacts in Windhoek, Namibia. The workshop is part of CTCN's technical assistance, requested by the Namibian government, to facilitate financing for addressing  water scarcity.

Namibia is a water scarce country as it is situated in the semi-arid subtropical belt of the Southern Hemisphere. This is largely due to effects of descending branch of the Hadley cell. As such, the objective of the technical assistance that is provided by the CTCN in this response plan is an analysis of climate change adaptation technology options that are available for transfer and/diffusion to Namibia to enable the country’s transition to sustainable water security. The analysis will involve the identification of relevant technologies, prioritizing them and develop project concepts from the prioritized technologies. These project concepts will be linked to climate finance mechanisms via the Climate Technology Network (CTN). It is envisaged that this will in turn contribute to enhanced human well-being and economic development of the country as the policy context of the project has demonstrated.

Developing countries can access CTCN services through their National Designated Entities (NDEs). In the case of Namibia, the NDE is Jonathan Kamwi from the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.  Through the ministry, a technical assistance request for water scarcity technology transfer was submitted by the Namibian government. CSIR, with the support of UNEP DTU Partnership and Carbon Trust, was nominated by the Climate Technology Centre (CTC) to lead the development and implementation of the associated response plan.

The two day workshop (21-22 January 2016) is currently underway and is being attended by 57 participants from the different ministries, agencies, commissions, universities, investment funds and representatives from different sub-regions of Namibia.

Pictures from the workshop.

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