THE Sustainable Development Advisory Council (SDAC) whose members were recently appointed will be chaired by Malan Lindeque - the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The Environmental Management Act (EMA) of 2007 makes provisions for the establishment of the SDAC, which will be responsible for promoting cooperation and coordination between different institutions dealing with issues of environmental management related to sustainable development.
Lindeque is a conservationist by profession, who previously held the position of permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Nine members of the SDAC were appointed by the then minister of environment and tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, towards the end of last year. They will serve for three years and may be reappointed at the end of the term.
Other members of the council are Anna Shiweda (Ministry of Agriculture), Annely Haiphene (National Planning Commission), Gaby Schneider (Ministry of Mines and Energy), Martha Mwandingi (UNDP), environmental consultant Chris Brown, Sioni Iileka (youth representative), Michael Himavindu (Development Bank of Namibia) and Environmental Commissioner Teofilus Nghitila.
The SDAC will also be responsible for advising the minister of environment on issues of environmental management.