Blueprint Document: Priorities in the area of Migration, Environment and Climate Change (Namibia)
Namibia is vulnerable to environmental factors, especially droughts and floods amongst others. Although occurring at different scales, floods have become a recurring event and seem to be worsening each year. Concurrently, the country also experiences extensive and prolonged droughts. Due to increased frequency and intensity of these extreme weather events, the affected communities are forced to migrate from one area to another, mostly to escape flooded areas (short-term) or in search for better livelihood such as water, grazing, arable land or employment opportunities (long-term).
In light of this situation the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), commissioned an assessment on the interlinkages of migration, environment and climate change (MECC) in Namibia2. Based on the findings of this assessment, the first of its kind in Namibia, as well as on the National Dialogue on MECC which was held in Windhoek on 13 December 2017, the relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders identified the following seven priority areas as relevant at the national as well as SADC level in order to adequately work on issues related to MECC.