By LEILA MEAD
Namibia has released a strategy to deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments, building on progress already made through its existing climate plans and policies. Namibia’s NDC Partnership Plan connects international resources for climate action to priority areas set by the government for implementing its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and builds a community around climate action in the country.
The priority areas outlined in the Plan are:
- developing better framework conditions for effective climate change governance;
- strengthening financing of projects that help reduce emissions, and enhancing the country’s resilience against the effects of climate change;
- tracking progress towards emission reduction targets; and
strengthening coordination across national and international stakeholders to fast track decisions and interagency collaboration.
In its NDC, Namibia has committed to reduce emissions by 89% by 2030 compared to the business-as-usual (BAU) scenario through climate-smart agriculture (CSA), reducing deforestation and renewable energy. To reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate change, Namibia has sought to, inter alia, improve water security, prevent desertification and increase resilience to flooding. To achieve these goals, Namibia has relied on the NDC Partnership’s integrated planning process to strengthen coordination, resource mobilization and transparency on NDC implementation.
Many NDC Partnership members have pledged to support Namibia’s Partnership Plan, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Commission (EC), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Launched in 2016, the NDC Partnership aims to enhance cooperation so that countries can access technical knowledge and financial support to achieve climate goals and the SDGs. The Partnership has grown to 83 member countries, 19 institutional members and seven associate members. Namibia was one of the first African countries to join the NDC Partnership, which is supporting more than 30 developing countries to enhance and implement their NDCs.