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German delegation visits Namibia, focus on sustainable forest management

Five members of the Budgetary Committee of the German Federal Parliament visited Namibia from 24-26 February 2019, focusing on forest protection, sustainable forest management, bioeconomy and private sector entrepreneurship

The delegation visited the Ncumcara community forest to learn more about the achievements and challenges of forest protection, sustainable management of the forest and the generation of additional income for the community members.

In Tsumeb region, the delegation got information on the economic and ecological damage of bush encroachment on pasture land and on possibilities to turn bush encroachment into an economic opportunity and make it a viable resource for business.

The delegation observed at bush thinning activities at a farm and the process of producing wood chips. The German government is supporting a programme to introduce innovative and climate-friendly technology for both bush thinning and biomass utilisation.

In Otavi, the delegation visited Ohorongo Cement, which focuses on energy efficiency and the utilisation of renewable energy. Its sister company “Energy for Future” supplies wood chips as alternative source of energy for the cement factory.

Furthermore, the delegation visited the site of the Makarra Bush Products in Otjiwarongo and met representatives of the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA).

A non-profit association, the NCA supports the initiatives and operation of the production of charcoal, aiming to increase income of the rural population, sustainable production and high-quality exports. The German government is supporting the development of this important sector.

After Namibia, the delegation headed to South Africa.