By Kornelia Iipinge (Windhoek Embedded Researcher)
FRACTAL hosted a “Climate change and decision making awareness workshop for Windhoek Councillors” on 17th July 2017 at Heja Lodge in Windhoek. The workshop was attended by His worship the Mayor of Windhoek Mr. Muesee Kazapua, City of Windhoek and Khomas Regional Councillors. Participants discussed current issues pertaining to climate change, with particular emphasis on decision-makers’ role to use relevant climate change science information in urban development planning. Facilitators at the workshop were drawn from the Namibia Meteorological Services, Ministry of Environment and Tourism-Department of Environmental Affairs, ThinkNamibia Environmental Awareness Campaign and the University of Namibia (UNAM). The Councillors recognized 1) the need to revisit environmental related policies in order to make informed climate sensitive decisions, 2) the need for their early involvement in policy development, and 3) the need for climate scientists to prepare and share simplified versions of climate change related policy.
In Namibia, the FRACTAL project is housed in the Department of Biological Sciences (UNAM) under Prof John Mfune (Principal Investigator) and supported by Ms Kornelia Iipinge (Embedded Researcher). Mr Olavi Makuti is the collaborating partner at the City of Windhoek from the Environmental Management Division.