Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) with the Hanns Seidel Foundation Resident Representative, Dr. Clemens von Doderer at the National Assembly today (12/03/21).
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - The Hanns Seidel Foundation has offered to assist Members of Parliament raise awareness about sustainable forest management. This was revealed today when the Resident Representative of the foundation, Dr. Clemens von Doderer met the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi.
A similar undertaking took place in 2019 when the Hanns Seidel Foundation facilitated a parliament - public engagement on sustainable forest management to discuss ways of conserving forests in Namibia.
According to von Doderer, the foundation has already launched a European Union funded project on promoting sustainable forest management in the Zambezi and Kavango regions. He noted that it was important that Members of Parliament are actively involved in this noble initiative. “We are interested in assisting MPs raise awareness about our environment. People particularly in our rural areas need to know why it’s important to maintain our eco system and promote sustainable development. Namibia was also one of the first countries to sign the Paris Accord”, said von Doderer.
The Speaker shared similar sentiments adding that Namibia’s natural resources should be properly managed for the benefit of both current and future generations. He bemoaned other practices he says are counterproductive to the ideals of achieving sustainable forest management. “De-bushing has become a big challenge especially in communal areas. It is however, commendable that other organisations such as the Charcoal association of Namibia, have taken the bold step to train their workers on sustainable management of natural resources and other important aspects such as first aid”, said Hon. Katjavivi.
Hon. Katjavivi gave the example of the current drought affecting the Kunene region as a direct consequence of the intricacies of the environment hence the need to properly manage it. “We just recently adopted a motion to send a parliamentary delegation to the Kunene region to go and assess the dire situation there. This situation shows the importance of taking care of our environment and managing it in a sustainable manner”, said Hon. Katjavivi.
The Speaker promised to engage the relevant parliamentary committees to work out modalities of how the Members of parliament will participate in the envisaged engagement.