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Internship Report - GIZ BMCC Project, Namibia

GCE student Marie-Luise Schiller did an internship in the project “Biodiversity Management and Climate Change in Namibia” which is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of Namibia, in cooperation with other ministries and non-governmental actors. Here is her report.

Biodiversity Action Day

Marie-Luise Schiller

Namibia’s natural resources and biodiversity offer significant potential for the country’s socio-economic development. However, they are increasingly being threatened and degraded by unsustainable practices, such as overgrazing, deforestation and the inefficient use of water. Climate change is expected to intensify the country’s existing vulnerability to droughts and floods. Although Namibia’s commendable environmental policy agenda has developed dynamically, new frameworks still need to be put fully into practice.


The objective of this project is to introduce policies, strategies and practices relevant to biodiversity and climate change in a coherent manner, thereby contributing to increasingly secure and diversified livelihoods for the local People, who depend on natural resources.  The project involves activities at local, regional and national levels. To achieve its objectives, the project focuses on three main areas:

- Environmental policy development and implementation
- Community-based natural resources management in a changing climate
- Cross-sector mainstreaming of environmental concepts
- Cross-sector mainstreaming of environmental concepts

My tasks were very wide-ranged and included, but were not limited to:

- Externally presenting the project (e.g. website)
- Organization, participation and documentation of team meetings, workshops, conferences and other Events
- Knowledge Management
- General logistical and organizational aspects
- Research and development of a literature database about climate change and ecosystem-based climate adaptation

All in all, the internship was a great experience. I truly got to apply my knowledge with regard to nature conservation, climate change and environmental policy making. Furthermore, I was presented with logistical challenges on a daily basis, which allowed me to explore the more organizational side of working in a project. I definitely got a good inside into what it is like to work in a GIZ project within a big team, while also working independently.



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