The Namibian (Windhoek)

19 November 2012

Namibia: Littering Worries Environment Minister

ENVIRONMENT and Tourism Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has expressed concern over the increasing litter problem in the country.

Nandi-Ndaitwah warned that litter pollution is a danger to the country’s landscape.

“The whole of Namibia, including towns and even Windhoek is not saved, it is slowly but surely becoming littered. It is so sad and disturbing to see plastic and papers all over. We are definitely putting our nation’s pride at risk,” said the minister, calling for a litter-free country.

Nandi-Ndaitwah made the call when officiating at the handing over of socio-economic projects to the Klein Karas community in the Karas Region on Saturday.

The projects supported by the Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation areas Project (Nam-Place), a five-year project of the Environment and Tourism Ministry, include a solar-powered sewing project, a community garden and a community driven cultural and tourism information centre.

Nam-Place, which is co-financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the implementing agency, is not only about protecting and conserving protected areas, but also looks at the wellbeing of people living in these areas.

The minister urged the community to take ownership of and be accountable for the projects.

“Without the full ownership and accountability of the projects, the support will be meaningless,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

Welcoming the support for the projects, community member Johannes Petrus Markus promised that the community would safeguard the projects.

“It gives us energy, it gives us motivation, it encourages us to strive for better livelihoods and it encourages us to work harder than before,” Markus remarked.

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