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4 August 2011

Youth deliberate Climate Change and learn about NaDEET

Over 250 youth met in Windhoek at the Habitat Research and Development Centre (HRDC) to discuss an action programme to address climate change. The Honourable Minister of Environment and Tourism opened the meeting with a “fiery” talk to motivate the youth to be creative and become part of the solution instead of the problem. NaDEET was key facilitator and led various workshops for youth. We also had a well-visited solar cooking stand at the conference.

23 June 2011

Happy 10th Birthday Bush Telegraph!

Bush Telegraph birthday editionForests for People, People for Forests celebrates the UN International Year of Forests 2011 and marks the 10 year anniversary of the Bush Telegraph. To celebrate and in honour of trees, this issue is printed on recycled paper*. It starts off by giving an overview of why we need forests and why forests need our help. The Bush Telegraph then explores different institutions “Taking Action” for forests and trees. This includes the UN World Heritage Forest Programme, the Namibian Directorate of Forestry and NaDEET’s own 365 Trees Project. Most Namibians have never seen a forest as Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa and hardly has any forests. This issue aims to bring attention to our dependence on forests regardless of where they are located on Earth and the significance of every single tree. Download a PDF here.
*Why aren’t all Bush Telegraphs printed on recycled paper? Ironically, recycled paper in Namibia costs significantly more than regular paper and with our limited budget we cannot afford it. We currently print 18,000 copies with a per copy cost of N$2.50 (US$0.35, €0.25).

23 June 2011

NaDEET's Director becomes a Namibian Climate Change Adaptation Ambassador

On the 16th of June, eighty-one Climate Change Ambassadors graduated at a Gala Dinner at the newly opened Hilton Hotel in Windhoek. The Gala Dinner was attended by senior government officials, representatives of UNDP, media and participants of the Climate Change Adaptation Ambassadors programme. Funded by the Government of Japan, this programme aimed to identify and train key stakeholders and decision-makers from all spectrums of society in regards to climate change adaptation and mitigation. NaDEET’s Director, Viktoria Keding, was given the honour to give the closing remarks and vote of thanks on behalf of all ambassadors. During her speech she said,
“As soon as this evening is finished is when the true challenge begins…Climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, including the continuation of the Ambassadors Programme, are not actually things that are to be treated separately, but rather must be mainstreamed into our existing focal areas and activities. As we say at NaDEET Centre, let us not only tell others how to “adapt and mitigate”, but rather let us be role models and lead the way by practicing sustainable living. I have recently learned from the Honourable Minister of Environment and Tourism that her 91 year old mother is already adapting as she actually prefers her meat solar cooked!”

16 May 2011

Community Evaluation -- What a Success!

NaDEET staff members embarked on a 5-day evaluation tour of all participating adult community groups from 2010 and were overwhelmed by the amount of success we’ve had! Of those surveyed, NaDEET participants reported a 67% daily-use of their parabolic solar cookers; an N$80 savings on an electricity bill; health benefits and time-saving from not having to cook on an open fire anymore; and frequent family and community interest in using sustainable cooking technology. All data collected has been used to write our latest book, It's Time to be Efficient, a guide to sustainable living for Namibians (available
for download in our Materials section).

16 May 2011

365 Trees Project is Underway

In celebration of the UN's International Year of Forests, NaDEET is continuing its Less Impact More Education (LIME) Green initiative by planting 365 trees this year. What makes this project special? The trees are being planted in people’s homes. We want to improve neighbourhoods on a house by house basis. We have already planted 103 trees throughout southern Namibia -- Just 262 more trees to go!
NaDEET’s L.I.M.E. Green initiative seeks to leave less impact on our environment and more impact on the minds and lifestyles of Namibians and NaDEET staff for a sustainable future.

February 2011

NaDEET Outreach Tour 2011

NaDEET staff at Guibeb Primary School in MarientalOn the road! NaDEET is reaching out to all schools and communities in our local area, the Hardap region. With a self-contained solar and wind energy trailer, NaDEET staff is giving hands-on alternative energy
demonstrations for children, teachers and community members. The goal of the outreach trip is to visit all schools in the Hardap Region that have not yet come to NaDEET to extend a special invitation to
them to visit NaDEET Centre. The outreach started with a short trip to Mariental for two days where NaDEET staff visited three schools and the Ministry of Education Regional office. The second trip will
cover 20 more schools and numerous communities. This tour is the first activity in a three year project funded by the European Union that will enable disadvantaged schools and communities to participate in our programmes.

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