Enpower to Adapt: Creating Climate-Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Namibia

Enpower to Adapt: Creating Climate-Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Namibia

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 14 Oct 2016 at B.14
  • Est. completion 01 May 2022
  • ESS Category Category C

This Enhance Direct Access (EDA) Pilot is built on the strong institutional foundation of the Namibian Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) network, which consists of communal conservancies and community forests in the rural communal areas of Namibia. It comprises 8 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the University of Namibia. These existing institutions are ideally placed to be the conduits for the implementation of local-level climate action.

It is expected that the project improve land management of an area of 7,200,000 hectares. The project will run over five years and consists of two complementary components that will empower rural communities to respond to climate change in terms of awareness, adaptive capacity and low-carbon rural development. The two components are:

  • Component 1 – Capacity Building and Community Support: this component is essential for the success and sustainability of community-based climate action. It comprises awareness raising, capacity building and support to development and implementation of climate investment plans at the local level.
  • Component 2 – Resilient Grant Facility: this component empowers rural CBNRM communities to increase their resilience to climate change through direct access to climate finance. It comprises a ring-fenced grant facility that will focus on the development and strengthening resilient CBNRM livelihoods through grants in three defined investment areas.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


27 Jul 2016 - 80 days

Concept note received

27 Jul 2016

Funding proposal received

27 Aug 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

01 Sep 2016


14 Oct 2016 - 200 days

Approved by GCF Board

14 Oct 2016

Cleared by iTAP

14 Oct 2016

FAA executed

05 Apr 2017

Under implementation

01 May 2017 - 1,514 days so far

FAA effective

01 May 2017

Disbursement - USD 427,013

29 Jun 2017

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2018

Disbursement - USD 7,231,623

21 Jun 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 1,832,021

13 Oct 2020


01 May 2022 - 313 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing95% disbursed

GrantUSD 10,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 10,000,000

GCF Contacts

General media inquiries

GCF Communications
Phone +82 32 4458 6338 (KST)
Send e-mail

Request for information

GCF Information Disclosure
Request information about this project

Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6485 (KST)
File a complaint

Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155 (KST)
Send e-mail

Accredited Entity

Environmental Investment Fund
Mr. Benedict Libanda
Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 28157, Auas Valley, Windhoek, Namibia
Phone +264 61 4317700
Mr. Karl Aribeb
Director of Operations
P.O. Box 28157, Auas Valley, Windhoek, Namibia
Phone +264 61 4317701
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Mr. Paulus Ashili
Mr. Timoteus Mufeti
Mr Petrus Muteyauli
Deputy Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Department of Environmental Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13306, Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia