The Disaster Risk Management unit is in the process of developing a strategy to guide the processes for integrating Climate Change Adaption (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into national development plans, medium term expenditure frameworks, sectoral legislative and policy frameworks, strategies and plans of action at national, sectoral, regional councils, local authorities and community levels.

Namibia, due to its fragile environment, is vulnerable to climate change and related hazards. Climate change will cause many impacts in Namibia and will particularly affect agriculture, human health and wellbeing, energy, infrastructure, biodiversity and ecosystems.

While climate variability is not new in Namibia’s history, the incidence and severity of extreme weather events, especially floods and droughts, has increased sharply in recent years, and climate projections indicate that this trend will be intensified resulting in a rise in the country’s vulnerability. With an economy strongly dependent on natural resources such as agriculture, water, fisheries and wildlife and nature-based tourism, predicted impacts can have severe repercussions for economic development and sustainable livelihoods.

With heavy rains being received in the Northern Regions of the country and a wave of seem to be riverine flood-water from Southern Angola, government need to prepare itself accordingly. Amongst its preparation is to have officials trained in various innovative approaches that will better prepare them to carry out their duties. The National Planning Commission through its newly established Directorate of Monitoring and Evaluation in line with their technical support function started with quick fix capacity building programmes on monitoring and evaluation. The directorate assisted the Disaster Risk Management unit developing planning tools to help in planning interventions aimed at reducing and managing disastrous risks, associated with disasters such as floods.

Such programme started with the Disaster Management Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, when the National Planning Commission took them through the recently developed Monitoring and Evaluation manual with special focus on developing logic models, indicators and M&E plans.

According to the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the National Planning Commission, Roux Sampati, logic model development helps programme designers and decision makers determine the rationale behind every intervention to be identified in the prevention of disasters like floods, while at the same time helping the development of a roadmap that specifies what needs to be done and resources required to achieve the objectives.

Participants from the Disaster Management Unit expressed gratitude for the programme, saying it is really a constructive approach which will help them, especially, in coming up with measurable outputs and targets. “It was really an informative exercise as it has given us an indication on how to approach planning” said Hilma Kaluwa from the Planning and operations division at Office of the Prime Minister.

She also urged the programme to be rolled out to officials at the policy making level within OPM, to ensure a concerted approach as they embark upon the development of the strategy to mainstream CCA and DRR into national and sectoral plans.