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1 Page 1 Supported by Namibia‘s Experience with Ecosystem Services Valuation for Conservation Dr. Konrad Uebelhör MET/GIZ Biodiversity Management and Climate Change Project COP12 CBD Pyeongchang, October 6 – 17, 2014

2 Page 2 Supported by Namibia‘s experience with the ESS approach (1) Article 95 (L) of the 1990 constitution: “the maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes and biological diversity of Namibia and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future…” Vision 2030: One of the eight themes is Namibia’s natural resources sector. Five-year development plans (NDPs) NDP3 (2007/8-2011/12) a key result areas is “Productive utilisation of natural resource and environmental sustainability”, NDP4 (2012/ /17) under Environmental Management focuses on implementing the Environmental Management Act, including Strategic Environmental Assessments.

3 Page 3 Supported by NBSAP1 Biodiversity and Development in Namibia Elaboration of the Strategy not influenced by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2001 – 2005 but: Identify high-value areas for biodiversity and establish monetary value of biodiversity Design appropriate monitoring systems of biodiversity and ecosystems function with reliable indicators Build national consensus on threats to sustainable development and environmental health/biodiversity Establish biodiversity indicators considering landscape function analysis, socio-economics and opportunity costs Promote awareness of biodiversity as Namibia‘s capital resource base on which economic development and livelihoods depend Namibia‘s experience with the ESS approach (2)

4 Page 4 Supported by Number of publications from Namibia and SADC countries with relevance to economic value of biodiversity (n=227) Data: Humavindu (2013)

5 Page 5 Supported by More than 220 valuation studies in the SADC Region since the early 1990s Used methods: cost-benefit and contingent valuation techniques Mostly applied to parks and river basins Early experiences with environmental-economic accounting: water and forest accounts, wildlife accounts and tourism satellite accounts Water accounting framework resulted in shift in water policy towards greater cost recovery „National Rangeland Management Policy and Strategy“ incorporated results from cost-benefit analysis Beside that, until now little evidence of direct use in major policy reforms but….. Namibia‘s experience with the ESS valuation

6 Page 6 Supported by Environmental Assessments of policies, plans and programmes is a key feature of the Environmental Management Act (2007) Building on previous activities: Training Workshop in „Integrating ecosystem services into development planning“ with predecessor project of ValuES in October 2011 Current policy processes: New National Biodiversity Strategy (NBSAP2) takes up prominently the valuation of ESS Using SEA in collaboration with GIZ/ValuES Land use planning ongoing for all 14 regions, link ESS assessment to SEA-process  Planning will take into account ecological functions and dependencies and contribute to e.g. Aichi 2 (Integration into plans) Using SEA to mainstream biodiversity conservation

7 Page 7 Supported by Activities correspond to Namibian NBSAP2 Target: By 2018, biodiversity values and prioritized ecosystem services are quantified, monitored and mainstreamed to support national and sectoral policy-making, planning, budgeting and decision- making frameworks and further targets under Strategic Goals 3 and 4 Capacity Building: Integration of Ecosystem Services in Strategic Environmental Assessments, October 2013 Integrating Ecosystem Services in Strategic Environmental Assessments of Regional Land-use Plans, example Zambezi Region – lessons learned for further 9 IRLUPs and the National Land-use Plan Activities with GIZ/ ValuES

8 Page 8 Supported by Development of a summer school program with Polytechnic of Namibia ESS integrated into the regular curriculum in the medium-term Possible support to 4 studies looking into the value of Ecosystem Services in major development initiatives Capacity building in the scope of resource mobilization for conservation/NBSAP2 implementation, especially for environmental economists – collaboration with Resource Mobilization Project Key challenge: Institutional strengthening to address cross- sectoral issues, creating synergies between neighbouring sectors, e.g. Water and agriculture, energy and infrastructure Further planned activities

9 Page 9 The Resource Mobilisation Project (ResMob)

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