On 19 May 2016, the United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme participants saw the impact climate change has had on Namibia by visiting Avis Dam and finished off the day with a MUN simulation through which the participants discussed the topic of wildlife trafficking.
To start off the day, the UNIC Windhoek team and the practicum students visited Avis Dam, which is one of the three main dams that supply water to Namibia’s Central Region in which Windhoek is located. The students were shocked to see the dam, which is currently completely dry, and exclaimed that it looks more like a football field than a dam.
After learning about the impact climate change has had on Namibia early in the Practicum Programme, the students were able to see firsthand how dry Namibia indeed has become as a result of the drought. The students were deeply concerned about this development and amazed at how fast the drought is affecting the local vegetation and water bodies. In order to encourage a focused dispute over the impacts of the water crisis the students were then divided into four groups and were assigned four different roles: a water company, a low income family, the government and a local game reserve.
The students answered questions about the water crisis and water conservation based on their assumed roles and presented their answers to the other groups. They shared how the water crisis has impacted their entity, where they intend to get water when the water is gone and what ways their entity can conserve water. After listening to each group, the students came to the realization that all sectors of society have been severely impacted by the water crisis and that united action needs to be taken to combat the issue in a sustainable way. Continue reading