Expert inputs and organisation Green Economy Dialogues Namibia
In line with the global debate and movement on Green Economies, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) With the support from the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Corporation and Development (BMZ) and other Namibian partners will hosted the first national multi stakeholder dialogue exploring how a transition to a Green Economy would benefit all Namibians.
The Green Economy “Stakeholder dialogues” in Namibia was an iterative and inclusive process consisting of three phases: 1) kick-off conference, 2) interim phases of discussion and comments, and 3) a synthesis workshop event. The initial dialogues will form the umbrella of the process; the interim working groups are its backbone: during the commenting and discussion sessions the strategic GE objectives and implementation approaches will elaborated and aligned with all stakeholders. The synthesis workshop will bring the detailed work together at the end of the process under this concept.
A three day workshop on options for Namibia to transforms to a green economy took place in Windhoek from 11 to 13 July 2011, under leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. IECN assisted with the technical backstopping and the organisation of the well attended event. Over 100 representatives from a great diversity of sectors and both public and private sector institutions engaged in this first official dialogue on what a transition to a green economy would mean to Namibia - and to discuss opportunities and potential challenges. The dialogues took place well in advance of preparing for Namibia's report to the Rio 2012 Conference, which has Green Economy as one its priority topics. The Dialogues were facilitated by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) with funding from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ).
Following up on the July workshop and the interim working groups a one-and-a-half day workshop is drawing together Namibian stakeholder inputs to Rio +20 on Green Economy.
A high-level decision-makers briefing precedes the technical workshop, with events from 15 -17 November 2011. Namibia is still in the early stages of aligning her development path with ground-breaking green decisions in the energy, transport and various industrial sectors, but has already made some strides in terms of community-based natural resources management and eco-tourism. Interesting food-for-thought - and action forthcoming from the dialogues!