During an award ceremony in Hyderabad, India, Namibia received the Silver Future Policy Award 2012. The only international award that celebrates policies rather than people was given to Namibia in recognition of its Marine Resources Act from 2000. The award was handed to the Honorable Kilus Nguvauva, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and member of the World Future Council.
The ceremony was convened by the World Future Council (WFC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation.
Mr. Nguvauva proudly accepted the award on behalf of Namibia. He stressed:
“It gives me great pleasure to stand before you today to receive the Future Policy Award 2012 on behalf of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and indeed the entire Namibia. My presence here is a testimony to over twenty years of Namibia’s efforts to rebuild the stocks of its marine resources and manage the fisheries on a sustainable basis as envisaged in the cardinal law of the land, in Article 95(I) of the Namibian Constitution.”
When asked by the media in Namibia for comments Swakopmund Matters responded as follows:
“We all in Namibia convey our profound gratitude and sincere congratulations to all those who have spent their time and efforts with so much dedication to make this distinction possible.
By accepting the award Namibia is reassuring the world that it is capable of looking after and protecting its great marine assets with great responsibility. And, that it will continue to do so.
This message is not only for the outside world to take due note of, but, more specifically, even more valid for those who would upset this delicately achieved equilibrium with highly contentious projects like marine phosphate mining”.
18 Oct. 2012
(For Swakopmund Matters the environment of the Namibian coastline and its ocean matters)