Resilience strategy developed and fully implemented to guard against shocks and disasters – official
The government is finalizing the National Resilience Building Strategy to determine disaster mitigation and response capacity, the country’s Prime Minister, Sarah Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, said recently.
Once developed and fully implemented, Namibia will be in a better position to build national capacity to anticipate, mitigate, respond to and recover from existing and future shocks, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said at a relief donation event against Drought.
“We are about to wrap up our resilience building strategy and operationalize it so that when we have disasters they don’t create an emergency, forcing the government to rush in and provide one-stop support. , but that communities will be able to respond and ensure that there is no crisis that may require the redirection of resources from other equally important programs and that we will remain on track to achieve a higher growth of our economy,” she said.
Among other things, the National Resilience Building Strategy aims to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation measures as well as develop disaster risk management and interventions in different priority areas of the economy, she declared.
Namibia is one of the most vulnerable countries affected by the effects of climate change which mainly affects small-scale farmers, who depend on rain-fed agricultural production for their livelihoods, health and well-being.