The De-bushing Advisory Service and GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project conducted a one day inception workshop on the development of a Bush Information System (BIS) in Namibia. The workshop was aimed at collecting engaging with stakeholders from both public and private sector on data needs and present the methodology for developing the BIS. The system will quantify bush and woody biomass resource through a digitised database. The core output is a web-GIS tool for the public domain generating on-demand bush encroachment data and maps, hence a monitoring and management tool for future national bush control measures aligned with Namibia Statistics Agency policy provisions.
The system is being developed by EFTAS, an International GIS company with a consortium from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Namibia Ecological Services and Strydom Land surveyors and Associates. The workshop was opened by the Director of Forestry, Mr. Joseph Hailwa of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, with an emphasis on the importance of this project for the agricultural sector and related fields in providing up-to-date data on quantification of bush encroachment in Namibia.
More so, the Executive of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in the Namibia Statistics Agency, Mr. Alex Mudabeti, stated that the invisaged data from the BIS will be at national scale and needs to adhere to the NSDI policy and standards.
The project will run for a duration of 12 months and the system will be hosted in Namibia. Capacity building through trainings of selected Ministerial and private institutions will be provided to ensure sustainability of the system.