Desertification in Kunene, Namibia

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From the left: left: Mr. Josephat Kauta, FNB Opuwo branch manager and Mr. Joe Shivute, FNB Regional Manager at the recent conference held in Opuwo. Photo Contributed

FNB is combatting desertification in Kunene region

The FNB Foundation has approved a sponsorship of N$125.000 per year for three years to address the symptoms of desertification in the Kunene Region. To officially kickstart the project more than 60 delegates met at the Youth Centre hall in Opuwo on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 to discuss why the northern Kunene Region is ‘desertifying’ and what can be done about it. This project has been implemented by Dr. Axel Rothauge, from AgriConsult Namibia and more funding has been received by the European Union.

In his address at the conference FNB Area Manager North-West, Mr Shivute, explained that 168 countries in the world were affected by desertification which in Africa alone has wiped out 4% to 12% of agricultural GDP due to deteriorating environmental conditions. He added: “Every year, an area equivalent in size to three Switzerlands is lost worldwide to desertification. FNB has therefore introduced a number of green technologies to its banking services, amongst others paperless ATM transactions to save trees.” FNB Namibia is furthermore the forerunner in terms of certified green buildings as their new, green Head Office in Windhoek is nearing completion.

Read the full article: De Republikein

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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