Windhoek, Namibia, 8 August 2016 – The Third Africa Drylands Week started today in Windhoek, Namibia. The opening ceremony was chaired by H.E. Mr. Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia. Messages were delivered by the representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the UNCCD secretariat.
Approximately 50 participates joined the opening ceremony from African countries, regional and sub regional organizations, international and civil society organizations.
This year, the Drylands Week addresses the issues including land tenures, migrations, conflicts and Dryland land valuations.
The Drylands Week is held back to back with the AfricanDrought Conference organized by the Government of Namibia from 15-19 August in Windhoek.