The DRFN being a non-profit organization depends on funding from external sources to implement some of its activities.
If you wish to make a donation towards the work that the organization implements, please make use of these banking details.
For more information on this please contact:

Account number: 555 011 525 61
Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
Swift code: FIRNNANX


“Namibia is a country that is primarily arid to semi-arid, as is about 30% of the globe. How can sustainable development take place in such environments? The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia was established to support research but also to address sustainable development throughout arid lands. The DRFN tackles issues ranging from water to energy to land from a human and a basic biophysical perspective, as well as undertaking awareness and capacity building necessary to support this approach”

- Dr.M.K. Seely, Founding Director

Semi-arid countries like Namibia, are highly dynamic systems that experience variable and sometimes extreme climates, adverse environmental change, and a relative paucity of and decline in natural resources. Historically, people living in these regions have adopted several coping mechanisms to deal with these conditions. Today, however, many communities exhibit low levels of adaptive capacity due to challenges such as marginalisation, underdevelopment, poverty, inequality, weak governance, maladaptive policies, and increasing population growth. Climate change is expected to augment existing le...

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Donkerbos, a mainly San community situated in the Omaheke region has over the years had to battle tough semi-arid environment to sustain their livelihoods. Donkerbos is very remote and the community rely mostly on their indigenous knowledge for survival, therefore their environment is an important tool. Often one can observe a community member chewing on a root which is explained to be helpful with tooth pain or soothing a tummy ache. Not only is Donkerbos a source of veld food or medical provider but more importantly the only place they call home, a place that gives a sense of belonging. Ther...

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In August this year the CLARE-Namibia launched a competition inviting schools in the Omusati Region with Environmental/life science clubs in the Omusati region to participate in the call for Climate Action competition.

Today was the prize giving ceremony and these are the winners:
• FIRST PRIZE N$ 3000.00: John Shekundja Combined School (Smart gardening);
• SECOND PRIZE N$ 2000.00: Niita Yiitula Junior Secondary School (Renewable energy);
• THIRD PRIZE N$ 1000.00: Shaanika Nashilongo Senior Secondary School (Solid waste management).

Congratulations to all the winners. The prices ma...

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. Last week the IPCC released its 6th assessment report on the state of the climate.

The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations. More information is accessible o...

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DRFN is an implementing partner of the Th!nkNamibia https://www.thinknamibia.org.na
- Environmental Awareness, Renewable Energies, Climate Change, and Sustainable Forest Management Campaigns.
In collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is implementing the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM)-Project that is funded by the European Union (2020 – 2023)....
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