Eco Awards Namibia entered into an agreement with UNESCO to increase awareness and understanding of the value of sustainability in tourism by continuing with sponsored assessments in four different regions and by encouraging tourism businesses in Namibia to sign the UNESCO Sustainability Pledge. During this period, various presentations were made and nine sponsored Eco Awards sustainability assessments were conducted.
At the 2022 Namibian Tourism Expo, an event which was also made possible through this sponsorship, our Director of Tourism, Sebulon Chicalu, handed out 23 Eco Awards Namibia Sustainable Tourism Certificates.
The Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) is an umbrella Association that provides a forum and mouthpiece for the broader environment sector, that can lobby with government and other parties, that can raise funds for its members and that can represent the sector. Eco Awards Namibia is a long-standing member of the NCE.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it became clear that Eco Awards Members would not be able to pay their membership- or assessment fees. The NCE was approached with a funding proposal and an agreement was reached whereby 21 assessments were sponsored during this period.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation is supporting the Namibian government to consolidate democratic values, economic advancement, accountability, transparency and environmental awareness as part of the Namibian development plan.
During the lockdown-periods of 2021, the Hanns Seidel Foundation supported Eco Awards Namibia by sponsoring various programmes such as developing criteria for assessing sustainable operations in schools, and a toolkit to be used by these schools.
The sponsorship also enabled the assessment of 6 more establishments.