Namibia: Improving the Environmental and Social Aspects of Mining Sector

Namibia is a relatively new entrant to the league of free countries of the world. In the three decades since its independence, the country has left no stone unturned to usher in a new era of progress and justice. During this time, the country has put in place a new mining regime to ensure mining becomes a cause and catalyst of a more equitable and developed Namibia, while ensuring that the adverse effects on the environment are minimized. But have the efforts made so far been adequate? What more can be done? How does the country compare with India, a country facing similar challenges and dealing well with them, and Tanzania, Namibia’s African cousin just across the peninsula? This report by CSE examines these aspects in detail to arrive at some solid conclusions and a way forward.