Namibia will launch climate action projects to benefit people living in areas susceptible to the impacts of climate change, an official said Wednesday.

The projects financed through a grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be administered by the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia and executed by government ministries, civil society and targeted institutions from 2017 to 2022.

EIF’s Lazarus Nafidi said in a statement that Namibia’s President Hage Geingob will launch the projects on Aug. 30 in Windhoek.

The projects include the “Climate Resilient Agriculture in 3 Vulnerable Extreme northern crop-growing regions” (CRAVE) and the “Empower to Adapt: Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through CBNRM in Namibia”.

Nafidi said the CRAVE project is scheduled for implementation in the Zambezi, Kavango-East and Kavango-West regions.

“The aim of the project is to reduce climate vulnerability, increase the adaptive capacity and resilience of vulnerable small-scale farming communities in the vulnerable extreme northern crop production landscapes that are threatened by climate variability and change,” he added.

For the second project, Nafidi said it is targeted at empowering rural Namibia’s community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) communities to respond to climate change in terms of awareness, adaptive capacity and low-carbon rural development.

According to him the project is expected to increase the resilience towards climate change of at least 76,000 beneficiaries and improve management on communal conservancy lands of 7,200,000 hectares. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh