Celebrating the international Day for biodiversity in Namibia 13-15 May, 2011

"Forests for People" about Forest biodiversity

After the success of the biodiversity Day in 2010, it was decided to carry out a similar awareness raising activity in 2011 in celebration of the international Year of the Forests.

Okongo in the northern part of Namibia, was chosen to host this important event. As an example to the entire country, the Okongo Community Forest and Conservancy manages and uses natural resources in a sustainable manner, on a daily basis.

This year's theme for the Biodiversity Day was Forest for the People, highlighting the importance of forests and forest biodiversity for the local environment, economy and population.

Together with the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF),  various days were organized with fieldtrips to discover the local ecosystems, discovering the flaura and fauna, workshops about sustainable agriculture, festivities and conferences.

Participants and organizers were the MET and the MAWF, the GEF, UNDP, GIZ, the local communities, NGOs, the media, school teachers, scientists, forest officers and other stakeholders, giving the event an all-rounded perspective.

Link eduventures-africa.org