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Marina had accumulated 20 years of experience as a chief agricultural researcher with the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. As agricultural researcher she headed the Agricultural Laboratory (chemical and physical analyses of soils, plants, animal fodder and feeds, meat) and the characterisation, inventory and mapping of Namibian agriculture-related natural resources, namely soil, rangeland, agroclimate, and agro-ecological zones. She supervised and/or participated in various projects on crop yield and growth modelling, rangeland monitoring and modelling, agrometeorology and agroclimatology, evaluation and monitoring of drought, niche crops, oil crops for biofuel, quantification of land production potential, climate change adaptation, land cover mapping, vegetation mapping and erosion hazard mapping. She and her staff developed the first Namibian Agricultural Resources Information System (NARIS) and MAWRD Geographical Information System.
Marina joined the Polytechnic of Namibia, now the Namibia University of Science and Technology, in 2010. She has taught a variety of courses (see below), coordinated students’ work-integrated learning, supervised students’ research projects and participated in curriculum development and review. At present, she is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning’s post-graduate spatial planning programmes. Marina has been serving on numerous national committees and project steering committees, contributed to development and review of sectoral and strategic plans, national development plans, national policies and legislation. She had represented Namibia at international forums such as the Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). She had been a technical advisor to the President of the UNCCD-COP11 and the first African Drought Conference.
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