The Environmental Commissioner, Mr. Theofilus Nghitila and Director of Forestry, Mr. Joseph Hailwa recently launched the “Forestry and Environmental Authorisations Process for Bush Harvesting Projects” booklet in Windhoek. The booklet defines the rules, regulations and guidelines from both the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF), as well as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) for anyone partaking in the thinning of bush encroached land and/or the harvesting of woody biomass in Namibia. The booklet also contains the framework of a generic Environmental Management Plan to be used to apply for Environmental Clearance from MET for projects that exceed 150 Hectares per year of bush thinning. The new guidelines streamline procedures of MET and MAWF thereby improving approval process of bush harvesting projects.
This process was steered by the GIZ Support to De-bushing Project through participatory consultations with end-users.