Upscaling Sustainable Charcoal construction in Namibia

According to the best available estimates, 26-30 million hectares of Namibian farmland are affected bybush encroachment. Evidence exist that this phenomenon severely degrades rangelands and hampersagricultural productiveness. Even as bush encroachment creates certain possibilities for theNamibian economy if biomass is known as a valuable resource for present and new worth chains.

Acknowledging the overall significance of bush manage, the governments of Namibia and Germany agreedon a four-12 months assignment to deal with both the challenges and possibilities that bush encroachment entails.

The aid to De-bushing mission runs from 2014 until 2017 and is a bilateral cooperation between theNamibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the federal government of the FederalRepublic of Germany. It’s applied by using the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) GmbH.

The assignment’s overall goal is to trigger giant-scale bush thinning pursuits. To this end a requirement-driven technique is pursued, specializing in the identification and testing of advantage bush based biomassvalue chains. The undertaking chosen three price chains to be supported during the course of its projectlifetime, specifically the worth chains of charcoal, animal feed and biomass energy.

The MAWF/GIZ aid to De-bushing assignment conducted a primary charcoal stakeholder workshop inNovember 2015 in Otjiwarongo to identify joint sector promotion routine for the 12 months 2016.

Theidentified pursuits were based on the sector progress approach developed via the Ministry forIndustrialisation, trade and SME development (MITSD). The charcoal stakeholders agreed on the jointvision to develop a fully functioning sector organization and to introduce elevated productionmethodologies in order to foster sustainable charcoal production in Namibia.

It’s in contrast heritage that the MAWF/ GIZ support to De-Bushing venture has signed a FinancialAgreement with the Namibian Agricultural Union, to which the NCPA is currently affiliated.

Theagreements foresees fiscal help of NAD 1,691,000 (a million 600 NINETY ONETHOUSAND) and runs for the interval April 2016 to December 2016.

The fiscal contract encompasses the following exercise areas: 1) re-shaping the organisationalstructures of the NCPA, 2) establishing a pilot mission on expanded construction technologies andmethodologies, 3) developing a advertising strategy for the Namibian charcoal sector, four) developinginformational material and training manuals.

The authentic begin of this cooperation was celebrated for the period of an inception meeting, which took position at theC’est Si Bon lodge in Otjiwarongo on Thursday, 31 March 2016. The meeting was attended by NCPAmanagement and individuals, NAU representatives, as good as representatives of MAWF/Directorate ofForestry and GIZ.

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