Environmental projects require a more sustainable grant investment model - EIF

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) says there is a need to unlock a grant investment model that can sustain environmental projects for communities beyond their funding cycle. 

Benedict Libanda said this during an information-sharing session at the Government Information Centre.

Libanda says at least 35% to 40% of the environmentally sustainable projects for communities funded by the EIF face sustainability challenges. 

Namibia to host Global African Hydrogen Summit

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Namibia will host the Global African Hydrogen Summit from September 3 to 5.

The summit aims to promote and attract investment in Namibia's green hydrogen sector and projects globally, as well as market Africa as a green energy hub. 

The three-day Global Africa Hydrogen Summit is said to be the first platform of its kind for African governments to unlock opportunities for the continent in green energy by driving critical investments and financing into bankable green energy projects.

Environment Ministry to renovate Etosha and Hardap National Parks

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism is expected to spend about N$47 million on renovating entrance gates and sanitation facilities at the Etosha and Hardap National Parks. 

The gates receiving face lifts are the Anderson, Von Lindqeuist, and King Nehale Lya Mpingana gates. 

Additionally, eight sanitation facilities at the park will also be upgraded to "comfort stops," comprising toilets, picnic areas, information displays, viewing platforms, and adequate parking areas. 

Farmers urged to improve animal health to maximise production

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The Executive Commissioner for Agriculture at the Ovaherero Traditional Authority says farmers need to ensure the optimum health of their animals for them to produce more.

Dr. Baby Kaurivi-Katunahange said this during a livestock health education meeting at the HereroFest in Okahandja. 

Dr. Kaurivi-Katunahange noted that it is important to keep animals healthy to improve production and reproduction.

28,000 people register for national documents since campaign launch

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28,000 people have so far registered for national documents since the launch of the Mass Registration for National Documents campaign in February.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security is conducting the mass registration outreach programme across all 14 regions of Namibia.

So far, 13,060 new identity documents have been issued, while 4,198 duplicate IDs have been given. 

 Another 114 IDs were converted from the pre-independence South West African ID to the new national identity document.

Smooth progress made with Katutura Hospital facelift

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The Ministry of Works and Transport has expressed satisfaction with the progress made with the renovation of the Katutura Intermediate Hospital. 

Executive Director Esther Kaapanda visited the hospital on Friday to assess the progress of the renovations.

Katutura State Hospital was built in 1973, and the hospital has over the years experienced dilapidation, punctuated by holes in the roof, damaged walls, windows, and floors, blocked toilets, and rampant rodents, among others. 

Restrictions of hunting trophies could harm Namibia's conservation efforts

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism says Germany's decision to restrict or ban the import of hunting trophies could harm Namibia's conservation efforts. 

Hunters from Germany and elsewhere flock to Namibia during hunting season to do trophy hunting, spending top dollar in search of a prized trophy. 

Once the animals are hunted, the taxidermists get involved to prepare the trophy before it is exported to the hunter. 

Farmers face severe forage scarcity

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The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) says most farmers are faced with severe forage scarcity due to the poor rainfall experienced this year. 

Speaking to nbc News, the union's Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Tanja Dahl, says the situation is expected to get worse as the normal dry season is setting in.

Dahl says there is a shortage of forage, and farmers are faced with the dilemma of how to keep their animals alive during these dry times. 

NTB to participate in World Travel Market Africa

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As part of its quest to solidify its position as a premier family holiday destination on the African continent, the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) will be participating in the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa in Cape Town this week. 

The annual travel and tourism event WTM Africa is scheduled to kick off from Wednesday until Friday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

More needs to be done to empower women - UN 

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Participants in the inter-generational dialogue on women's empowerment under the United Nations' We the Women campaign say more still needs to be done to empower women and bring them on par with their male counterparts. 

The event was attended by women from different backgrounds in terms of careers and also from different civil society organisations in Windhoek.

Participants say that despite women's rights having increased in the 21st century, it is unfortunate that there are still persistent challenges facing them as countries struggle to ensure gender equality.