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Empower to adapt: creating climate-change resilient livelihoods through community-based natural resource management in Namibia

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results areas
  • Health, food and water security
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
Gender benefits This project will enhance the trend of increasing participation by women in Community Based Organization decision-making. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #11 Sustainable cities and communities

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Namibia NAM
Beneficiaries (approx.) 76,500

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Communal Conservancies
  • Community Forests
  • MET
  • Support organizations e.g. Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NACSO)
Empower to adapt: creating climate-change resilient livelihoods through community-based natural resource management in Namibia Approved October 2016 Est. implementation period 5.0 years Est. completion date 01 May 2022
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.

[1]The purpose of NACSO is to provide quality services to rural communities seeking to manage and utilize their natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Document title
Published date
Gender action plan FP024 - EIB - Namibia 06 Jun 2017
Approved funding proposal FP024 - EIF - Namibia 22 Mar 2017
Gender assessment FP024 - EIF - Namibia 06 Jun 2017
Accredited Entity
  • Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) Mr. Benedict Libanda Tel: +264 61 4317700 Mr. Karl Aribeb Tel: +264 61 4317701
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