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12 Multipliers from Kavango East Region trained on Sustainable Forest Management


The Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) project held a two-day workshop on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for multipliers from the Kavango East region in Rundu from the 27th – 28th of March 2023. The workshop aimed at training multipliers such as leading members of different communities (youth representatives) to enable them to train other members of their communities on SFM using the educational material provided with.

Day one of the workshop focused on the basics of SFM. The trainer used group work methods and practical examples to demonstrate the 3 pillars of SFM (economy, environmental and social) and on how they relate to each other and co-exist. Furthermore, the programme was followed by various topics which were explained and unpacked in detail such as the roles of CFs in SFM, the woodland of Namibia and deforestation, and climate change.

At the second day of the workshop, multipliers were asked to do a recap on day 1, and according to their response it seemed they understood all the lessons of the previous day. The topics were presented by multipliers, and some participants were given homework and they were well prepared as they presented well on the three pillars of SFM. Forest inventory was the first new topic of that day, and the group did a practical by going into the nearest forest to practice how inventory is carried out. Then they were asked on the importance of conducting forest inventories. They enjoyed the practical lesson because it was their first-time handling and using a GPS and other inventory tools. The fencing topic interested multipliers as they now had knowledge of the Communal Land Act of 2002 for illegal fencing, which was well summarised.

After the two days training, all participants were equipped with educational materials such as fact sheets and posters. At the end of workshop day 2, all participants passed the brief exams. Everyone was awarded a certificate, a project shirt, and a tree seedling to remind them daily of their responsibility in SFM.

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