The SDGs are a set of 17 aspirational global goals spearheaded by the United Nations that cover issues such as eradicating poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change and protecting oceans and forests.
Eight projects were presented by staff and students on topics such as: Law reform for improved delivery of land to the urban poor; The flexible Land Tenure System in a global context; Revisiting the homestead: Contemporary expressions of tradition through architecture; Leasehold rights and economic development, and Agro-biotechnology investment and economic feasibility of the production of torrefied wood pellets in the Khomas Region. (Torrefaction of biomass is the change of biomass properties at high temperatures to provide a much better fuel quality for combustion or gasification applications.)
Dr Peter Tarr, the Executive Director of the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), delivered the keynote address titled: The impact of the Sustainable Development Goals on the research landscape in Namibia. Tarr challenged the University community to conduct research that not only earns them doctoral titles, but that also brings about policy change and makes an impact on societies. “No matter what your research topic is, frame it around the SDGs,” he said.
Dr Rolf Becker, the Dean of FNRSS highlighted that the Institution has ensured that students and staff have ample time to conduct research, thus he encouraged all departments in his Faculty to take full advantage of this opportunity. He added that one of the Faculty’s main objectives is to strengthen its research portfolio at postgraduate level. The event was attended by students, staff and industry representatives.