Namibia’s farmland is burdened by massive encroachment of bush species, the phenomena coupled with overgrazing and poor rangeland practices has led to land degradation in some parts of the country. A combination of wood and charcoal production has been implemented as a successful mitigation strategy to bush encroachment.
Organised by the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, the workshop held in Otjiwarongo on the 03 March, was aimed at planning for implementation of the Growth strategy on the wood charcoal and other associated value chains launched last year in November 2016. The purpose of the workshop was also to identify urgent interventions proposed in the strategy for operational planning for the Wood, Charcoal and associated value chains.
The charcoal industry aims to increase its contribution to bush thinning through improved and efficient production and sustainable management of natural resources base, as one of the strategy objectives in the strategy.
Download the Charcoal Strategy here to learn more.