Don’t Let Our Future Dry Up! Desertification and Land Degradation In Namibia

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is inviting visual artists from all walks of life to join the artistic dialogue about: Desertification in Namibia and the effects and causes of land degradation in Namibia.

Closing date to hand in artworks: Tuesday August 20, 2013*
These artworks will form part of the side events program for the COP 11 Conference that will take place in Windhoek September 16-27, 2013. Exhibition Opening: Sept. 16, 2013. Exhibition Duration: Sept. 16–27, 2013 Why this exciting opportunity? This project will show the creative face of Namibia and will inspire the international delegates and illustrate Namibia’s fight in combating land degradation and desertification. This exposure to an international audience will create new networking opportunities for many artists. Exhibited artworks will be for sale. Media/Material: • Any material or visual art media (painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, installation etc.) • Public art, installations, land art are welcome • The use of recycling and sustainable material is appreciated • Funding for material support is available for concepts submitted by August 1, 2013 How to participate: Hand in the submission form with your artwork/s by August 20, 2013, at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. A selection panel will proof, if all requirements fulfilled (relation to the content, creativity/originality, quality standards).

The Conference of Parties (COP) is part of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) joining 195 countries which are party to this convention and who meet every two years. This is the first UNCCD COP to be held in Southern Africa. Between 2000-3000 international delegates are expected to attend and work together to find solutions to improve the living conditions for people in dry lands, to maintain and restore land and soil productivity, and to mitigate the effects of drought. The UNCCD is particularly committed to a bottom-up approach, encouraging the participation of local people in combating desertification and land degradation. We invite the artists to hand in a broad variety of artworks, include artist’s statements. The exhibition will take place at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and other venues as well as in public spaces.
Contact:, Tel. 081-340 23 79 · Facebook: ArtExhibitionforCOP11 ·

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Requirements for Public Art & Installations: If you hand in public art, art installations (inhouse) or land art, please hand in your concept until June 20. The deadline to deliver these types of artworks is September 10, 2013.


ENTRY FORM: ART EXHIBITION COP11 First Name/s (or Group)_______________________________________________________________ Surname___________________________________________________________________________ Region_____________________________________________________________________________ Postal Address______________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________________________________________________________ E-Mail _____________________________________________________________________________ Only Namibians and artists with residency in Namibia can participate.Please copy this form if you hand in more than one artworks. Status: Professional Student Nonprofessional Signature/Date_________________________ ___________________________________ Number of artworks ____________________ (no limitation) DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ARTWORK/S (Title. medium) Artists price of artwork (NAD):_______________ page 2 . Please attach the copy of your ID or passport. size.

CONCEPTUAL IDEAS / INFO / ARTISTS STATEMENT on facebook > Art Exhibition For COP11 You are free to add more pages. page 3 .Please copy this form if you hand in more than one artworks.

com. The consequences are alarming: smaller harvests.400 km along the Atlantic coast.ART EXHIBITION FOR COP11 Don’t let our Future Dry Up! Desertification and Land Degradation In Namibia Background Namibia Arid Namibia is locked in a battle on two fronts: to provide sustainable livelihoods for its rural population. Tel. 081-340 23 79 · Facebook: ArtExhibitionforCOP11 · www. Another one is loss of biodiversity. increased vulnerability of the affected areas to climate change and. housing and income. It is estimated that 1. where half the population lives.5 billion people in all parts of the world are already directly affected. particularly in poor rural . reduced availability of clean water. “Forced to take as much as they can from the land for food. rather than through advancing desert. desertification is both a cause and a consequence of poverty.” – Hon. while holding back desertification. A temporary or permanent decline in the productive capacity of the land. In reverse. and the Kalahari to the southeast. stretching and triggering humanitarian and economic crises. In view of the world’s growing population. Minister of Environment and Tourism – on facebook > Art Exhibition For COP11 Contact: cop11. “Land degradation is a major threat to development and a driver of poverty in Namibia’s rural areas and it is a threat we are committed to addressing. Desertification Arable land per person is shrinking throughout the world.” Desertification occurs slowly as areas of degraded land spread and merge together. threatening food security. The central plateau and limited grasslands to the north. a decline in the lands “usefulness” which is a loss or reduction in the lands capacity to provide resources for human livelihoods. food insecurity and poverty. not least. It is comparable to a slowly but clearly progressing “skin disease”. Water is scarce throughout the country. Uahekua Herunga. the poor are both the causes and the victims of desertification.wyss@gmail. are sandwiched between the Namib desert. which is a loss of range of species or ecosystem complexity as a decline in the environmental quality. food security is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. energy. Land Degradation Land degradation and desertification threaten fertile land throughout the world.

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