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The 2nd Annual Environmental Compliance Namibia conference which took place from 5 to 6 March 2014 was attended by over 60 delegates from across Africa.

Every stakeholder has the responsibility to prioritise key pieces of legislation in terms of environmental compliance. There’s a need in ensuring a clear understanding of what is expected from each organisation from the regulators. This conference enabled industry experts to share their best practices in achieving full compliance, and finding best ways in implementing environmental compliance within their organisations.

The highlights of the conference were featured on One Africa TV and Radio 100. Prime focus will also be releasing post event coverage on the outcomes of the conference as well as what was covered. 

The Top 4 Speakers As Rated By You:

  1. Dr Wotan Swiegers– Executive Director- Namibia Uranium Institute (NUI)
  2. Prof Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel– Professor of Law- Faculty of Law University of Stellenbosch
  3. Dr Gabi Schneider– Director: Geological Survey of Namibia- Ministry of Mines & Energy
  4. Penda Ithindi– Deputy Director: Economic Advisory Services- Ministry of Finance

Some of the key outcomes after the conference were summarised as:

  • There is a  need for environmental journalists to play their part and advocate for environmental change through awareness and responsible reporting
  • A suggestion or call to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to make available a database for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and EMPs for studies conducted for public access
  • Industry is supposed to come forward to Ministry of Finance and say how they can be supported by government depending on their set-up and how they are recycling
  • Rates proposed for both imports & domestic production are likely to be the same. The intention is not to stop imports, but to ensure waste management is addressed at production stage
  • Government needs to ensure that tax is used for environmental change and not just to generate money
  • There is still a need for a model that clearly explains how the taxes will impact the nation
  • Consumers have to make smarter choices and use environmental friendly products
  • The constitution states that the government is directly responsible to provide for environmental protection
  • Namibia is doing well however there are still gaps in the application and implementation
  • EMA has a criminal clause which says non-compliance could lead to fines of up to $500 000 or imprisonment
  • One of the biggest challenge is untimely response from MET. Applications are sent through but no responses effected, this puts constraints on continuous working
  • Industry still not sure if the current requirements of the Environmental Management Act are sufficient enough
  • MET and Ministry of Mines & Energy need to work together regarding the environment
  • There aren’t many case laws available and in terms of the legislation put in place, thus the exact impact is not known
  • Environmental law for local authorities is very important as they are the closest to the people. Assistance from government is very essential for municipalities to ensure service delivery
  • The office of the environmental commissioner is extremely swamped and that creates a bottleneck, they need to strengthen their office and make sure they grow internally to ensure service delivery
  • Legal frameworks have to be effected to a point where implementation is improved
  • Industry would like to be incentivised for going green
  • Green tax should make a fundamental change instead of revenue creation
  • MET should make sure they increase their capacity in implementation
  • Namwater to play a bigger role in communicating with stakeholders in terms of water conservation

The overall conference was rated as:

29% Excellent 54% Good & 17% Average

We would like to hear from you with regards to what you would like to see included for next year’s conference. The 3rd Annual Environmental Compliance Namibia will be held in March 2015.

Thank you once again for your contribution.