Namibia Round Table on Fire
Windhoek, 10-11 November 1999

(IFFN No. 25, July 2001)


3.1 Breakout Group 1: Government Co-ordination

The breakout group agreed to proceed as follows:

  1. Identify areas, institutions (current/potential) & stakeholder groups as “service providers”

  2. Brainstorm activities by priorities

  3. Tie activities to lead agencies

  4.  Identify legal, institutional, policy implications & constraints

  5. Prepare  a time table, distribution of financing among local institutions/ foreign donors

Table 1 provides a list of issues and/or resources to be addressed by a national fire policy and the responsibilities of government institutions and NGOs to take responsibility or lead in implementing, monitoring or enforcing a national policy.

List of Activities

  1. Collate, analyze existing information on sound fire management practices  including references to traditional land management systems.

  2. Initiate, analyze and publicize targeted research to fill gaps (e.g. biodiversity, climate)

  3. Identify perceptions and needs of different service providers and stakeholders

  4. Establish a National Fire Forum

  5. Promulgate a policy including legislative framework for fire management

  6. Design and implement an output oriented national fire monitoring system which serves national as well as international (global) obligations (e.g. CBC, CCD, UNFCC, ISDR Interagency Task Force [IDNDR successor arrangement]).

  7. Develop participatory guidelines for appropriate fire management

  8.   Develop and implement public awareness campaign to serve land users, service providers & general public.

  9.  Identify training needs + opportunities for land users and service providers, and train priority candidates

  10. Establish a locally applicable fire danger rating system

Tab.1. Resources and issues to be addressed by a national Namibian Fire Policy

Resource / Issue

Service Provider

(main players in bold)

A. Fodder, Grazing

MAWRD, MET, NLRR, MRLGH, NAU, NNFU

B. Firewood, Timber

    (Permit and Control)

MET, D.o.F., DRM, D.o.T., NBP,MAWRD, MME, MTI, DWA, MRLGH

C. Biological Diversity / Resources

MET (NBP, DRM, DoF, DoT), MAWRD, MBEC, (NMN) MFMR, MTI, MOHSS, MHA (NamPol), UNAM/PoN, MHEVTST

D. Public Health, Pollution, Natural Disasters

MOHSS, MoLabour, DWA, MET

E. Environmental Degradation, Resource Depletion

  •  loss of biodiversity

  • soil erosion

  • desertification/bush encroachment

  •   loss of forest cover, no regeneration of forests,

  • other disturbance issues

MET, MAWRD

MLRR, MBEC, NPC

F. Emissions / Climate Change

MET (DEA, DoF.), MFA, MOHSS, NPC

G. Disasters / Wildfires

OPM, MOD, MET, MRLGH, MOHSS

H. Food + Agriculture / Management                      (e.g., use of fire , clearing)    

MAWRD, MET, NPC

I. Training, Research, and Monitoring

MBEC, MHEVTST, (UNAM-PON), MRLGH

J. Public Awareness, Public Education, Dissemination of Information

MAWRD, MET, MIB, (DRFN, NNFU, NAU) Rossing, NNF, DAPP, IRDNC, NNFC, Churches, NPC, NBC

 

List of Acronyms Used in Table 1

 

A. Fodder / Grazing

MAWRD: Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Rural Development

MET: Ministry of Environment & Tourism

MLRR: Ministry of Lands, Resettlement & Rehabilitation

MRLGH: Ministry of Regional & Local Government & Housing

NAU: Namibian Agricultural Union

NNFU: Namibian National Farmers' Union

 

B. Firewood or Timber

DoF: Directorate of Forestry

DRM: Directorate of Resource Management

DoT: Directorate of Tourism

NBP: National Biodiversity Programme

MME: Ministry of Mines & Energy

MTI: Ministry of Trade & Industry

DWA: Department of Water Affairs

 

C. Biological Diversity / Resources

MBEC (NMN): Ministry of Basic Education & Culture, National Museum of Namibia

MFMR: Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources

MOHSS: Ministry of Health & Social Services

MHA (NamPol): Ministry of Home Affairs (Namibian Police)

UNAM: University of Namibia PoN: Polytechnic of Namibia

MHEVTST: Ministry of Higher Education, Vocational Training, Science & Technology

D. Public Health, Pollution, Natural Disasters

MoL: Ministry of Labour

 

E. Environmental Degradation / Resource Depletion

MBEC: Ministry of Basic Education & Culture

NPC: National Planning Commission

 

F. Emissions / Climate Change

DEA: Directorate of Environmental Affairs

MFA: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

G. Disasters / Wildfires

OPM: Office of the Prime Minister, Emergency Unit

MoD: Ministry of Defence

 

H. Food and Agriculture

MAWRD: Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Rural Development

MET: Ministry of Environment & Tourism

NPC: National Planning Commission

 

I. Training, Research and Monitoring

MBEC: Ministry of Basic Education & Culture

UNAM-PoN: University of Namibia - Polytechnic of Namibia

MHEVTST: Ministry of Higher Education, Vocational Training, Science & Technology

MRLGH: Ministry of Regional & Local Government & Housing

 

J. Public Awareness

MAWRD: Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Rural Development

MIB: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

DRFN: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia Rossing: Rossing Foundation

NNF: Namibia Nature Foundation

DAPP: Danish Action People to People

IRDNC: Integrated Rural Development & Nature Conservation

NNFC: Northern Namibia Forestry Council

NBC: Namibian Broadcasting Corporation

 

Tab.2. Priority steps for implementation activities listed above

Activity

Lead

Agency /

Program

Timeframe

Instrument and possible source of finance

4.

DoF

Now ongoing, inception by 1/2000

Establishment by 11/2000

 

NFFP ̃ GRN 04/2003

5.

DoF

1997; Policy in place 11/2000

Legislation by 04/2001

NFFP ̃ GRN

FAO

1.

DoF

1996

11/2000 key participants informed and analyses completed

 

NFFP ̃ GRN 04/2003

2.

DoF

Analysis of gaps 12/2000

Research, analysis, literature; ongoing

NFFP/GRN + donor sources 04/2001

NFF to seek financing through donors, GRN and levies

6.

 

10.

DoF

 

DoF

1999 ongoing

 

Fire Danger Rating System by 12/2001

NFFP + GRN 04/2001

 

NFFP + GRN 04/2001

3.

 

7.

DoF +

MAWRD

DoF +

MAWRD

1999 ongoing

 

Now ̃  12/2000

NFFP + GRN 04/2001

 

NFFP

8.

DoF

̃ NFFP

Current and ongoing

Handing over to NFF by 11/2000

NFFP

NFFP ̃ NFF

by 11/2000

9.

DoF

̃ NFFP

Training needs assessed for fire ecology and fire management by 06/2000

 

NFFP ̃ NFF

by 11/2000


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