The DRFN is dedicated to creating and furthering awareness and understanding of arid environments and developing the capacity, skills and knowledge to manage arid environments appropriately. The DRFN is a centre for arid land studies that conducts and facilitates appropriate, participatory and applied short- and long term research on the environment. It is an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to sustainable use of Namibia's environment.
Disaster Reduction Goal
Enhanced knowledge and understanding by decision makers of natural environmental variation as preparation for sustainable use and disaster mitigation. E.g. variable rainfall means that dry periods are natural and not all rainfall less than average is a drought requiring government action.
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Strengthen organizational capacity of rural communities
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
Local Level Monitoring by rural communities to prepare for natural aridity and drought
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Environmental education for schools
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Assisting communities to better manager their resources in a variable environment
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Organizational support to prepare for aridity and drought