Validation workshop on the impact of bush harvesting on climate change mitigation and adaptation in Namibia

The impacts of climate change are largely felt in the Namibian agricultural sector. Drought is one of the most persistent effect of climate change across Namibia. Studies also reveal that climate change is one of the key drivers of bush encroachment. Erratic rainfall patterns, increased temperatures and increased CO2 are some of the implications leading to increased woody cover change in Namibia and across the globe. While bush encroachment is a a major challenge for farmers at large, the phenomenon also presents economic opportunities through sustainable harvesting and utilisation of the bush biomass. These opportunities come with the alluded risks of negative climate impacts associated with bush thinning.

It is against this brief background that the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project co-implemented by the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with a team of experts worked on a study to analyse the climate change mitigation and related impacts of bush control and resulting biomass utilisation.

A draft study was presented earlier in March to a group of key stakeholders including the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. Esteemed members of the public and private sectors are herewith invited for a half-day validation workshop at Safari Hotel in Windhoek on the 27th March 2019 for presentation and input into the Draft Report.

For more information on the study and reservation for participation, please contact
Don Muroua, Technical Advisor – GIZ  Biomass Project at or 061 429 253

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