Outreach for Geoscience Awareness
Geosciences provide essential information for locating and exploiting mineral deposits, as well as hydrocarbon and groundwater resources, and have become indispensable for an increasing spectrum of socio-economic issues, such as infrastructure development, environmental monitoring, land-use planning and natural hazard and climate change studies.
Geosciences and geoscientists underpins sustainable economic development, but also are key pieces of a puzzle in the effective implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to eradicate poverty, ensure universal access to basic services, tackle inequality, end unsustainable consumption patterns, and facilitate inclusive economic growth, social development, as well as environmental protection.
Geoscience professions have played a key role in the implementation of national initiatives such as the National Development Plans, the Harambee Prosperity Plan and Vision 2030, and will continue to do so. The continental and global initiatives include the African Union Vision through Agenda 2063 and its 7 Aspirations, the African Mineral and Energy Resources Classification and Management System- Pan-African Resource Reporting Code, and the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to eradicate poverty, ensure universal access to basic services, tackle inequality, end unsustainable consumption patterns, and facilitate inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection.
Noting the above, the Outreach for Geoscience Awareness workshops therefore aims to bring media practioners to the World of Geoscience by providing enhanced knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of geosciences and their application to socio-economic development, which is not reported often enough.
The objectives of the outreach for geoscience awareness are to:
• Increase public awareness of the vital role that geosciences play in society's use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, interaction with the environment and in the socio-economic development of Namibia
• Provide opportunities to expose the youth to geoscience career opportunities
• Enhance knowledge of the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) media practitioners on geoscience and geoscientists issues
The expected outcomes are:
• Improved understanding of the role of geoscience in daily life
• Improved public science literacy that could influence national decisions
• Enhanced knowledge and understanding of NBC media practitioners on geosciences
• Enhanced awareness and access to the geoscience knowledge base and expertise
This outreach program is sponsored by UNESCO, Ministry of Mines and Energy and Geological Survey of Namibia. While in-kind contributions have been received from NAMWATER, UNAM-Geology Department, City of Windhoek-Department of Infrastructure Water Technical Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR), NAMCOR Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT): and in collaboration with the Namibia broadcasting Cooperation (NBC).