Land restoration & community-development
The land of Namibia is covered by on average 7,2 million ha of forests, of which 1,5 million ha is FSC-certified. In addition, 60% of all the FSC certified forests are managed by local communities. As a result, (responsible) management of forest is a community decision. For years now, FSC South-Africa works closely with local communities to promote sustainable forest management and improve market access for their forest products.
- 1,5 million ha FSC-certified in Namiba.
- Verified FSC-PRO ES claim on biodiversity (valid until 2025).
- Impacts on CO2-storage, soil and local communities.
- Term project: 25 to 50 years
- Type of sponsorship: varying from one-time to yearly investments for a period of five years or longer.
Unique projects in Namibia
Forests in Namibia have allowed for a rich wealthy of biodiversity and community-projects. In order to preserve its value for nature, for local communities and for economic development, its enhancement and restoration is of crucial importance.
Seventy per cent of the Namibian population depends directly on natural resources such as farming, grazing land, medicinal plants, animal products, fuel and shelter for their livelihoods. In training community members principles for and practical means of responsible forest management, forests are being preserved and long term viability of the environment for future generations is being ensured. Additional funds will allow to take much needed measurements for restoration at the landscape level and provide livelihoods for local communities.
Degraded environments, caused by bush encroachments and fires due to increasing droughts, lead to economic instability and loss of biodiversity. Restoration of natural forests will primarily take place through corrective thinning by which nature values are being enhanced. Starting in 2020, this will allow after the first year for 50.000 ha of land to be restored, on which after care will be applied annually. Within year 2 to 4, an additional 100.000 ha of land will be restored and finally, at least 1.5 million ha will be restored. Healthy (forest) ecosystems will thereby play an important role in climate adaptation.
Landscape restoration will allow species such as cheetah, giraffe, antelope species and smaller fauna species such as rabbits, warthog and the Damara dik–dik - one of Africa’s smallest antelopes and a protected species in Namibia – to return. The restored areas aim to provide greater grass densities for wildlife and to support communities and farmers with increased areas suitable for free range indigenous cattle and goats.
Healthy (forest) ecosystems play an important role in climate adaption, biodiversity conservation and provision of livelihoods for local communities
Would you like to make a difference in the Namibian forests?
We are looking for frontrunner companies willing to cooperatively provide forests and local communities in Namibia a future by investing in one or multiple projects. For more information, please contact Annerieke Sleurink via firstname.lastname@example.org for the different possibilities!