New Era (Windhoek)

27 September 2011

Namibia: Presentation On Green Economy

Windhoek — The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is hosting a 'Park Talk on Green Economy'.

Two presenters from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and NamPower will seek to enlighten all interested people on what is meant with 'Green Economy' and what it could it mean for Namibian people?

The talk will be complementing the recently started National Green Economy.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a green economy is one that results in improved human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

A 'green economy' is an economy or economic development model based on sustainable development and knowledge of ecological economics.

Many critics of the conventional economic models are of the opinion that judging from the ongoing financial, economic and environmental crises, the business-as-usual economic approach will not lead to sustainable development.

On an international level, the upcoming 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20) emphasises transitioning towards a 'Green Economy in the context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication' as the better way.

One of the presenters, David Jarrett, is tasked with guiding the technical and economic issues of Renewable Energy at NamPower in the Renewable Energies & Systems Integration Department.

He has 23 years energy systems experience in T&D, customer services, sub-stations and renewable energy systems and has worked for various utilities in the Caribbean,

United States of America, United Kingdom and Namibia. His training spans health, education, management, law and power engineering up to masters' level.

The latest major renewable energy project he has worked on is the 200 kW PV/Diesel hybrid of 380 kW output in Tsumkwe, Namibia.

He lists nature as a special interest, which allows him to combine work and passion.

The other presenter Olimpio Nhuleipo is a natural resource economist in the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism's (MET's) Directorate of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

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