THE newly appointed deputy minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has called on the Sustainable Development Advisory Council (SDAC) to be innovative.
The council was inaugurated in Windhoek last week.
"For this council to succeed, you must prepare the ground well in advance. The MET stands ready to assist in every way to ensure that your work is supported," said Shifeta.
He said the ministry has full confidence in all the council members, as they have expertise and experience in the Namibian environment.
The SDAC is chaired by permament secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Malan Lindeque.
Lindeque, a conservationist by profession, said achieving sustainable development is a challenge for the world due to competing interests.
He thanked the ministry for showing confidence in them to advise the government on how to achieve sustainable development through environmental protection.
Environmental Commissioner Teofilus Nghitila said the ministry is delighted that the council is now in place.
He said his office will provide the secretariat of the SDAC and there will be full-time environmental officers to facilitate its work.
Members of the council were appointed towards the end of last year by the then minister of environment and tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
They were appointed in terms of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and will serve for three years.
The council will be will be responsible for promoting cooperation and coordination between different institutions dealing with issues of environmental management related to sustainable development.
The SDAC will also advise the minister of environment on issues of environmental management.