The project comes at a time when communities in the Northern regions are prone to drought and floods, making inhabitants of these areas particularly vulnerable.
The ‘Scaling Up Community Resilience to Climate Variability and Climate Change in Northern Namibia, with a Special Focus on Women and Children (SCORE) Project,’ was established by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism last year. NUST is a member of the Project Steering Committee and this has enabled students to empower communities by training them in sustainable livestock production, sustainable rainwater harvesting, diversification and other mechanisms to cope with climate change. The students gain much needed work experience through their involvement in this project.
Other members of the Committee include the United Nations Development Programme, Unam and the Namibia National Farmers Union. Alexander Meroro, a Lecturer in the Department, said NUST students had been participating in various programmes related to conservation agriculture and climate change long before the launch of this project. “There is great need for us to conduct research related to issues of climate change in Namibia, so we are excited to be a part of this project. Despite some challenges we have encountered, the project is progressing well,” Meroro said. He further called for the introduction of programmes related to climate change and disaster management in the Namibian Higher Education sector, emphasising that the subjects are of global importance.
The SCORE Project, which is expected to end in 2019, caters to rural communities in the Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati, Kavango East, Kavango West and Kunene Regions.