The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), in its capacity as the accredited National Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund (AF) in Namibia, hereby calls for the submission of pre-concepts for proposed climate change adaptation projects to be carried out in Namibia.

The AF finances climate change adaptation projects in the following 9 sectors:

•        Agriculture

•        Coastal Zone Management

•        Disaster Risk Reduction

•        Food Security

•        Forests

•        Multisector Projects

•        Rural Development

•        Urban Development

•        Water Management


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The climate in Donkerbos is characterized by high temperatures, low rainfall and long dry seasons. In recent years, this region has started to have extreme weather events more often than in the past. Last year two of the boreholes in this community have run dry. This is due to climate change, which has caused very bad droughts. Climate change is most worrying for local communities who depend on agriculture for food security and income diversification. The environmental conditions in Donkerbos are desert like, the water table is very deep (mostly deeper than 110m) and groundwater provides the o...

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The final episode in this series focused on the value of livestock, why farmers value their livestock herd as an investment and why such farmers are not quick to adapt to smart agricultural practices.

One of the reasons is that, as ASSAR found, many farmers in northern Namibia have deep-seated religious beliefs and see symbolic significance in their traditional ways of doing things. Rather than seeing this as a barrier to adaptation, it can been seen as an opportunity to promote climate smart agriculture. By working with religious and traditional value systems, extension workers could promote ...

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The principal investigator of the ASSAR project for Southern Africa, Prof. Mark New recently published an article on the implications of the 1.5 degrees warming in countries that ASSAR is working in. The full article can be read here. The Paris Agreement has a goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. Understanding the local-level impacts of these global temperature targets is crucial for informing climate change adaptation needs and actions.

In addition to the full report, Mark also wrote a news piece on what the 1.5 degrees warming could imply for countries such as Na...

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