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Renewable energy projects handed over to communities in Kavango East and West

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Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)

The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) officially handed over renewable energy and climate change mitigation projects it implemented from March 2017 to April 2019 to communities in Kavango East and West regions on Thursday.

The NRCS in close collaboration with the Spanish Red Cross has been implementing a European Union (EU) funded Project with the aim of promoting renewable energy for climate change mitigation Initiatives in Namibia

The official handing over took place at Sikondo village in the Kavango West Region as it is one of the three communities that have benefitted from the project.

The other two communities are Mayana village in the Kavango East and Sharukwe in the Kavango West Region.

In a speech read on her behalf Secretary General of NRCS Bernadette Bock said close to 300 households benefitted from the project and that two solar-powered boreholes were constructed in Mayana and Sharukwe community gardens.

The community garden of Sikondo was also supplied with one floating solar-powered pumping system.

'Namibia is considered to be highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to its geographic location which results in the country having harsh weather patterns,' Bock said.

She said this year Namibia will have to depend on importing 100 percent of its food from neighboring countries due to the low or no harvest of grain in most of the farming groupings throughout the country.

'We cannot emphasise enough the need for our country to seek alternative energy to meet our domestic needs and minimise the country's dependence on other countries,' she stressed.

She pointed out that currently Namibia is not able to generate sufficient electricity to meet its needs and as a result, is importing nearly 60 percent of its electricity from countries in the region, much of which is generated from fossil fuels.

'We are one of the countries with abundant sunshine in the whole world and if this resource can be put to good use through the generation of solar energy, we would be one of the global leaders in green energy,' she said.

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