NAMIBIA is expected to commemorate World Wetlands Day and World Water Day 2021 from the 25-26 March at the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre in Windhoek.
This year’s commemoration is taking place under the theme “How valuable is water to you?”
The day is commemorated to celebrate water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water worldwide.
According to a press invited issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, stated that Namibia, according to the National Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) progress update for 2021, has made modest, yet encouraging progress over the past three decades.
According to the latest available Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation by World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF update, the access to drinking water has increased from 80% to 83% since 2010.
While urban water coverage decreased slightly from 97% to 96% due to rural-urban migration with specific reference to the urban population living in informal settlements who have limited access to safe drinking water, rural coverage increased from 68% to 69% in the same period.
“On the other side, access to sanitation still rags behind. While Namibia has one of the lowest sanitation coverage in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions,” read the press.
However, according to the latest available JMP data, access to basic sanitation improved slightly from 32% to 35% as 2020. While basic sanitation coverage in urban areas decreased from 55% to 51% since 2010, access in rural areas increased slightly from 16% to 18%.