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Compilation of 5 Regional Climate Change Adaptation Information Toolkits

The compilation of the toolkits, undertaken by IECN, was developed to provide farmers and rural communities with information on climate change and its variability and to build sufficient momentum at the community level for new adaptation initiatives applicable to their own environments.

In 2008, the IECN developed a prototype toolkit on Climate Change Adaptation for the Omusati region. The community planning tools contained within the prototype toolkit were tested in the communities by Community-based Organizations and this resulted in the demand of replicating such tools for all other regions in Namibia and producing them in the local vernacular.  This was followed up through the Africa Adaptation Project (AAP Nam) in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funding by the Government of Japan. This Project  was implemented with the objective to address climate change risks in Namibia.

Most of the ideas reflected in the toolkits were generated during consultations with the local inhabitants of these regions. These climate change adaptation toolkits are flexibly designed so that users can tailor them to specific needs, priorities and to the time and resources available. Their content includes detailed steps necessary for an adaptation process, referred to as ‘community planning tools’, which contain an element for mainstreaming gender into adaptive activities and guidance for developing a local climate change adaptation strategy and action plan, including contingency planning for very detailed response actions.

Implementation and dissemination of these toolkits were done through Training of Trainers events which involved extensive training of service providers such as Community Based Organisations, Agricultural and Environmental officers and local communities to sensitise local inhabitants on climate change. The training of trainer’s sessions served as an outreach strategy to many of the rural communities. Materials were translated into local dialects and were made available in the regions. This approach has improved the peoples’ understanding of climate change and some of the communities are now able to develop their own community adaptation actions to tackle climate change.


Past events  Regional Consultations on Climate Change

Regional combinations

Constituency meetings

Toolkit 1
Upscale and improvement of Omusati toolkit
(Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto)

Eehnana (Onambutu), 14/03/2011

Omuthiya, 16/03/2011

Olukonda, 16/03/2011

Oshakati, 17/03/2011

Toolkit 2
Erongo, Karas, Khomas, Hardap regions
(incl. commercial / communal farming and peri-urban users)

Aranos, 15/04/2011

Omatjete, 12/05/2011

Utuseb (Walvis Bay), 14/05/2011

Windhoek, 19/05/2011

Lüderitz, 23/05/2011

Grünau, 26/05/2011

Gibeon, 27/05/2011

Toolkit 3
(incl. conservancy focus)

Opuwo, 10/05/2011

Kamanjab, 11/05/2011

Toolkit 4
Caprivi and Kavango

Rundu, 17/03/2011

Nkurenkuru, 18/03/2011

Kabbe, 22/03/2011

Kongola, 23/03/2011

Toolkit 5
Omaheke and Otjozondjupa

Otjinene, 13/03/2011

Grootfontein, 14/03/2011

Tsumkwe, 15/03/2011

Aminius, 14/04/2011

5 regional Toolkits



Project title:

Let's act to adapt! Community information toolkits on Climate Change Adaptation for Namibian regions


Climate Change


Ministry of Environment and Tourism - Africa Adaptation project Namibia

Duration of project:

01/2011 – 04/2012



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