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June 1, 2018

These are the normal type of grants intended for full project implementation and that range between N$ 10,000 and N$ 350,000.

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June 1, 2018

The renewable energy sector in Namibia is in a critical development stage. Currently the focus is mostly on eliminating barriers to making the usage of renewable energy technologies more pervasive in everyday life. The emphasis has largely been on photovoltaics and its use at the household level. Other initiatives include the Namibian Renewable Energy Programme which seeks to remove barriers to the use of renewable energies – investigating the legislative framework, the role of taxes and import duties and the removal of first costs to improve the economic viability of renewable energy technologies. Work is starting slowly on identifying other suitable renewable energy sources in Namibia, specifically wind and bio fuels. Most of the work done in these areas is in the testing phase although licenses have been issued for the development of wind farms to be connected to the national electricity grid. There are certain factors that still hamper the development of the renewable energy sector in Namibia. These include: the lack of renewable energy specific legislation, the lack of tax incentives to incentivise the private sector to get involved in the industry and uncertainty over the role of the national power utility Nampower and its involvement in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. This paper has focused on some of the areas that may be of interest to potential Indian investors in the renewable energy sector in Namibia. The development of this paper has been constrained by the lack of comprehensive terms of reference to use as a guide of what is to be expected of the output and as such the paper represents the authors own attempt at providing information to potential investors given time and budget constraints. This paper is by no means an indication of the viability of the renewable energy sector in Namibia for potential foreign investors but is meant more to serve as background and rather as a starting point for more comprehensive economic feasibility studies.

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June 1, 2018

Namibia is the last African country to have gained independence from colonial rule. It has inherited a weak, skewed, resource-based economy and an administrative and regulatory framework that reflects a colonialist approach to management and planning. A century of unsustainable practice has resulted in environmental degradation and opportunity costs. The challenges facing the current generation include democratising decision making, protecting the country's fragile ecosystems, and institutionalising an approach towards planning that promotes sustainable development. It is widely recognised that environmental assessment is a useful planning tool in promoting sustainable development. Namibia's first post-colonial government has embarked upon an ambitious programme to institutionalise environmental assessments at all levels of development planning. To this end a fiveyear participatory process has culminated in the development of legislation that encompasses what could be to be one of the region's most innovative approaches to development planning. The Environmental Management Act provides for a comprehensive system of environmental assessment at both a project and at a strategic level that is binding both on the state and on private individuals.

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May 31, 2018

The Governing Instrument for the Green Climate Fund was approved by the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its seventeenth session on 11 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa, and is annexed to decision 3/CP.17 presented in UNFCCC document FCCC/CP/2011/9/Add.1 (see: http:// unfccc.int/resource/docs/2011/cop17/eng/09a01.pdf).

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May 31, 2018

In this publication, “United Nations Climate Change” and “UN Climate Change” refer collectively to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or Convention), the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and their bodies, institutional arrangements and organs, including the secretariat.

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May 28, 2018

In 2016 Fundación Avina, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America, the Alfredo Zolezzi Foundation, the Social Progress Imperative, and World-Transforming Technologies launched the Platform for Innovation with Purpose, which integrates social, technological, and business innovations in order to accelerate social impact and create sustainable changes in Latin America.

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Nov. 15, 2017

A toolkit for understanding the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund is the main public fund that helps developing countries tackle climate change, however, its application procedures are complicated. We have developed a toolkit to help project developers understand the requirements for designing and submitting a funding proposal. It aims to make the fund’s requirements and terminology more user-friendly for non-experts. The toolkit covers all the steps, from the preparation of a concept note to a full proposal and explains how to access support for project preparation.

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Nov. 12, 2017

For arriving on consensus to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on reducing emissions, Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11) will be held in Paris, France from 30 November to 11 December 2015. In addition to the macro policy framework, the fact remains that there is a pressing need to enhance mitigation initiatives and adaptation responses to address issues in protecting vulnerable from climate change. This calls for a convergence among public and private development agencies who have long been tackling the issue of vulnerability reduction through their respective activities such as disaster risk reduction, mitigation of climate change, environmental management and poverty elevation Climate change is a pressing issue globally and it calls for a strong governing framework which makes the roles and responsibilities more transparent at every stage. In reality, climate change is here now, and it is as much opportunity as risk for those who are wise enough to adapt early on.

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