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Namibia Project Center

WPI's project center in Windhoek, Namibia, was founded in 2002 and is co-directed by Professors Arthur Gerstenfeld and Creighton Peet. For more information, including more specifics about current projects, visit the Namibia Project Center Web site.

Project Work in Namibia

Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN)

  • The goal of the project is to study the issues that relate to the sustainable management of the Kuiseb River watershed and develop recommendations about how to successfully involve all stakeholders in the management of this ephemeral river basin so that an equitable and sustainable decision-making process is put in place.
  • The project will require that the students understand the specific ecology of the Kuiseb River Basin and also how to successfully involve a range of stakeholders in a decision-making framework for solving water management problems of this region that will result in fair and long-term solutions.
  • The stakeholders may include the government, ranchers/farmers, town dwellers in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, industry, and the Topnaars, a poor tribal group living in this area.

City of Windhoek, Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Recreation

  • The goals of the project are to establish the tourism and cultural attraction base that is available in Windhoek, including the Katutura Heritage Route, in order to help the city develop its tourism infrastructure and activities that will attract and keep tourists in Windhoek for a longer stay than they currently spend.
  • This project will determine the interests and needs of tourists who come to Namibia and how they can be met by the development of attractions in and around Windhoek.

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Bureau (R-3-E)

  • The goals of the project are to help plan and design an energy efficient off-grid housing cluster (50-100 dwellings) in an informal settlement area of Windhoek.
  • Housing will accommodate 3 levels of income, business premises, stand-alone electricity provision, communal recreational area, passive solar designs, etc.

Township of Okahandja

  • The goals of this project are to carry out a feasibility study for the township on the potential for the use of solar energy in supplying the various needs for power that exist within its jurisdiction.
  • The customers for the electricity will include people living in informal settlements, regular residential neighborhoods, businesses and even industry.

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Bureau, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (& Stuart Scott Consulting Engineers)

  • The goals of the project are to identify the key issues and a national strategy to conserve biomass (e.g., wood) fuels and manage and encourage their sustainable utilization in Namibia.
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