Our videos

We produced short documentaries on bush encroachment that address both the causes and extent, bush based products and energy from bush.

Labour-based bush harvesting

Labour-based bush harvesting has the potential for employment, rangeland restoration and drought resilience in Namibia. A pilot project on an appropriate methodology for this concept was sought to derive a baseline for labour-based encroacher bush harvesting activities, from felling to preparing the derived biomass for further processing/ value addition. The pilot was funded by the GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

Biomass Industrial Parks - Namibia

Biomass Industrial Parks (BIP) are a great opportunity for Namibia. A BIP turns biomass from encroacher bush into a variety of products for local and international markets. By attracting large amounts of biomass, a hub will reduce unit costs for transport, handling and storage. It fosters technological advancement, triggers synergies between different production processes and creates jobs. A BIP for Otjiwarongo in north-central Namibia is currently in the planning phase.

DAS Okambali Bush Feed Training

Bush-based animal feed production is a viable option for Namibian farmers, especially in times of drought. Farmers can diversify their income and sustainably contribute to tackling bush encroachment. They can also ensure a more productive use of their land.

To support farmers, the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) has been conducting a series of trainings across Namibia with a focus on bush encroached regions.

In this short clip, Petrus Nghipangelua from DAS gives an overview of the animal feed trainings.

Matti’s story - Bush Feed Training

Bush-based animal feed production is a viable option for Namibian farmers, especially in times of drought. Farmers can diversify their income and sustainably contribute to tackling bush encroachment. They can also ensure a more productive use of their land.

To support farmers, the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) has been conducting a series of trainings across Namibia with a focus on bush encroached regions.

In this short film, Mr Matti Toivo, A farmer from Okongo shares his experiences from the animal feed training that was conducted by DAS at Okambali- Okongo in Ohangwena region.

Ndapunikwa’s story - Bush Feed Training

Bush-based animal feed production is a viable option for Namibian farmers, especially in times of drought. Farmers can diversify their income and sustainably contribute to tackling bush encroachment. They can also ensure a more productive use of their land.

To support farmers, the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) has been conducting a series of trainings across Namibia with a focus on bush encroached regions.

In this short film, Ms Ndapunikwa Pahangwashimwe , a member of the Onghalulu Farmers Cooperative shares what she has learned from the animal feed trainings.

Turning Bush into Fodder

The video shows the production process of bush-based animal feed compiled based on the result of GIZ/MAWF Bush Control & Biomass Utilisation Project and UNDP NAFOLA research and pilot trials from April 2016 to July 2017.

Bush Encroachment in Namibia: Causes and Extent

De-Bushing Namibia: Vision of an Emerging Sector is an introduction into bush encroachment in Namibia, outlining the causes, the problems and the opportunities for the country. It is the first video in a series of four.

Biomass Value Addition: Bush Based Products

De-bushing Namibia: Engaging People takes a closer look at small scale harvesting techniques, as well as the potential to add value to the biomass. It is the second video in the series.

Biomass Energy: From Bush to Electricity

De-Bushing Namibia: Scaling Up is the third video and addresses the potential for up-scaling with regard to biomass in Namibia, taking a closer look at the industrial use of biomass and the opportunity of of energetic biomass utilisation.

Bush Control in Namibia: Our Voices

De-Bushing Namibia: Our Land, Our Voices is our fourth video. While filming episodes 1-3 we asked all of our interview partners the same 3 questions: What is the biggest problem with regard to bush encroachment? Who needs to act? What are you going to do?

Economic benefits of Bush thinning in Namibia

De-bushing In Namibia:This video is based on the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative showcasing the economic gains from bush thinning in Namibia at both national and regional levels, using a case study of Otjozondjupa region.

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