La lotta contro la desertificazione

Il discorso tenuto del Ministro dell’Ambiente e del Turismo Hon. Pohamba Shifeta di Namibia il 17 maggio 2015 all’EXPO di Milano in occasione del seminario dell’ONU in merito al contrasto alla desertificazione mondiale.

No such thing as a free lunch – Invest in healthy soils

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Healthy and productive land is the starting point for the development of all of humankind. With the population of the world set to increase to 9 billion by 2050, the current state of our soils is deeply worrying.

It is estimated that 52% of the world’s land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. The loss of arable land is now estimated at 30-35 times the historical rate and is affecting some 1.5 billion people worldwide. A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report from 2009 predicted that two-thirds of Africa’s arable land under use could be lost by 2025 if the trend of desertification and land degradation continues.

The impact of these trends on communities and their livelihoods is more striking in Africa and other developing countries than elsewhere in the world. Climate change and the increasing frequency of droughts make dryland countries even more vulnerable. Increasing food insecurity, hunger, and a descent into extreme poverty, as the potential for instability caused by migration and conflicts over resources are just some of the impacts we can expect.

Namibia witnesses increase in tourist arrivals

Namibia Tourism Board

Namibia has recorded a significant increase in international tourist arrivals, having recorded 7.6 percent in 2014 when more than 1.4 million people visited the country, compared to 1.3 million recorded in 2013, according to Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta.The country also ranked number five on 2015 Buzzfeed’s list of 20 most beautiful countries in the world, alongside South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.

The country has been awarded various accolades by tourism-based organization’s as having the fastest growing tourism industry in the world and the premiere destination to travel in with children.

Protocollo di partnership economica (EPA) tra Namibia e Unione Europea

The European Union and Namibia have wrapped up negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and are expected to sign the agreement later this year as the EU builds on its involvement with Namibia. This was revealed by the Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, Ambassador Raúl Fuentes Milani at a reception marking the European Day celebrations held at the EU Residence in Windhoek on Friday last week.

“We have finalised negotiations and are ready to sign sometime this year,” said Milani adding that the cooperation, once officially announced, would “open a new page in economic relations.” The EU and Namibia, together with other SADC countries, have been negotiating the EPA since 2007, and although initialised, Namibia is one of the countries that have not signed the EPA citing differences on key issues of export taxes, safeguarding measures on agricultural products and rules of origin.

“The idea is to change the current situation, based on un-bilateral concessions by the EU, into a bilateral understanding,” said Milani on the new direction of the EPA. Despite economic and trade agreements, the EU head says there is a lot of scope for cooperation on issues of international relations, as many of the goals that Namibia aim for in international relations are also in the EU’s focus.


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