Drought mitigation


Photo credit: New Era : Windhoek

Mitigating the effects of drought is crucial

by Deon Schlechter

It is our duty as technical experts and politicians to come together and implement the outcomes of the decisions taken this week at the first African Drought Conference that started in Windhoek on Monday and ends Friday.

“Let us work together during this week so that we share and learn from best practices in drought management that are being undertaken across the world and let this information be used to inform this strategic framework that we are busy developing.”

With these words, Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta stressed the importance of the historic conference when he addressed delegates from around the globe, noting that the objective of the convention is to mitigate the effects of drought and this is particularly important to Namibia and many African countries.

“The increasing instances and severity of drought in Namibia not only affect our agriculture and food security, but also compromises our water security, without which our economy and country will be unable to develop.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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