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Proceedings of the NSFM Project End Conference

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The third conference proceedings of the conference on 'The Future of Namibia's Forests - Sustainable Forest Management as Key to Unlock its Potential' are available for download now. The proceedings summarise the findings of the project end conference of the NSFM Project that took place on 20 September 2023 in Windhoek. Officially endorsed by the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia...

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Project End Conference on ‘The Future of Namibia’s Forests – Sustainable Forest Management as Key to Unlock its Potential’

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On September 20th, an impactful project end conference titled "The Future of Namibia's Forests – Sustainable Forest Management as Key to Unlock its Potential" took place at Mercure Hotel in Windhoek. The conference was officially endorsed by the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT). The conference provided a platform for thought-provoking discussions...

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Sustainable Forest Management Explained in 8 Episodes: Video Presentation in Kavango East

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The NSFM Project hosted a video presentation followed by a public discussion on these short educational video clips on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for Kavango East region stakeholder in Rundu on 30 August 2023. These videos clips (click here the get to the videos) are based on the fact sheet series that the NSFM Project launched in 2022. The series of...

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Sustainable Forest Management Explained in 8 Episodes: Dialogue Event in Kavango West Region

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On the 29th of August 2023, the NSFM Project hosted a video presentation followed by a public discussion on these short educational video clips on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Kavango West region stakeholders in Nkurenkuru . These videos clips (click here to get to the videos) are based on the fact sheet series that the NSFM Project launched in 2022....

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Upcoming Project End Conference: Draft Programme

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The Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia (HSF) and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) are excited to announce that the Project End Conference of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project will take place in Windhoek on 20 September 2023. Kindly R.S.V.P. by 13 September 2023 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download the draft programme here

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Public Discussion on ’How to add value to Namibian Forest products’

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On the 2nd of August 2023, the ‘Namibia Sustainable Forest Management’ (NSFM) Project hosted a public discussion at Goethe Institute in Windhoek. The discussion was aimed at shedding light on how to add value to Namibian forests products in terms of sustainable forest management as the key to unlocking its potential from different perspectives. The event was attended by different forestry...

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Public Discussion: ‘Stop Poaching Namibia’s Forestry Resources’ 2.0

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On the 6th of June 2023, the ‘Namibia Sustainable Forest Management’ (NSFM) Project hosted a public discussion at Goethe Institute in Windhoek. The event aimed at discussions focusing on the illegal extraction of Namibia’s forest resources from the KAZA Regions as well as looking at the future of Namibia’s forest in terms of sustainable forest management as the key to unlocking...

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Sustainable Forest Management Explained in 8 Episodes: Video Presentation in Katima Mulilo.

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On the 22nd of June 2023, the NSFM Project hosted a video presentation followed by a public discussion on these short educational video clips on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Katima Mulilo. These videos clips are based on the fact sheet series that the NSFM Project launched in 2022 (click here to get to the digital versions of the fact sheets)....

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18 Traditional Authority Representatives from Zambezi Region Trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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On the 21st of June 2023, the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) project held a one-day workshop on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for Traditional Authority (TA) representatives from the Zambezi region in Katima Mulilo. All various TAs from the tribes of Zambezi region were represented, including sub courts from emerging community forests. The workshop is part of several workshops that are...

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24 Multipliers from Zambezi Region Trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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24 Multipliers from Zambezi 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 Zambezi region in Katima Mulilo from the 19th – 20th of June 2023. The workshop aimed at training multipliers such as leading members of different communities (youth representatives) to enable them...

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Book Launch: Status Quo of Sustainable Forest Management in Namibia

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On 22 May 2023, the NSFM Project launched a publication titled ‘Status Quo of Sustainable Forest Management in Namibia’ in Windhoek. The publication is a component of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project, a collaborative initiative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), financially supported by the...

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Symposium: The Role of Forests in Sustainable Development

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On 16 May 2023, the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) Project  held a Symposium on ‘The Role of Forests in Sustainable Development’ at Protea Hotel Furstenhof, Windhoek. The Symposium is the second of a series of conferences of the NSFM-Project and was aimed at looking at the future of Namibia’s forest in terms of sustainable forest management as the key to...

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12 Traditional Authority Representatives from Kavango East Region trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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On the 29th of March 2023, the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) project held a one-day workshop training on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for traditional authority representatives from the Kavango East region in Rundu. The workshop is part of several workshops that are aiming at improving knowledge and skills on SFM among community forest members, traditional authority representatives, as well as...

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12 Multipliers from Kavango East Region trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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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...

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Third Parliamentary-Public Engagement Hosted by the NSFM-Project

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The NSFM-Project hosted its third Parliamentary Public Engagement on ‘Opportunities for Namibia Arising from a National Forest Inventory’ on Tuesday, 14th of March 2023 in Windhoek. The Engagement was attended by Members of Parliament, particularly from the Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management and other parliament committee members with interest in natural resources. Experts in the field of sustainable forest management...

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Mid-Term Review on NSFM-Project Activities and Achievements

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On the 28 of February 2023, the NSFM-Project conducted a late morning talk event at the House of Democracy in Windhoek. The event was aimed at the mid-term review of the NSFM-Project with a presentation on activities and key achievements of the project. Various stakeholders from different organisations, NGOs and institutions attended the event which was officially opened by the Resident...

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Excursion with Forest Management Committee Members to Zambezi Region Performed

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From 07 to 11 November 2022, the NSFM Project invited 12 representatives of Forest Management Committees of the Kavango Regions to an excursion to the Zambezi Region. The excursion is a vital activity of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Regions in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project, an EU-funded initiative aiming at contributing to an improved implementation of Sustainable Forest Management...

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Another Six Community Forests trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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From 03 October to 21 October 2022, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project had gone for three long weeks in the field to train the members of six Community Forests in Zambezi, Kavango East as well as Kavango West Region on Sustainable Forest Management. These two-day long workshops/ trainings aimed at equipping members of Community...

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Round Table Discussion on Fencing in Katima Mulilo

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The NSFM-Project organised the third Round Table Discussion on the subject ‘Fencing in Community Forests and Conservancies’, this time in Katima Mulilo. Different representatives of the Zambezi Regions’ Traditional Authorities, the Community Forests, the Communal Land Board, and the Directorate of Forestry met for another vital event in Zambezi Regions’ capital. This Round Table Discussion is an important component of the...

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Short Educational Videos launched by NSFM-Project

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On 07 September 2022, the NSFM Project launched its short educational video clips in Windhoek. These educational video clips are based on the 8 fact sheets on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) that the project launched earlier this year. The series of eight educational video clips are an important component of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM)...

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National Conference on ‘The Future of Namibia’s Forests – Sustainable Forest Management as Key to Unlock its Potential’

Officail opening Session Ms Gosia Lachut,, Hon. Pohamba Shifeta,., Dr Clemens von Doderer.,Mr Gift Kamupinge ., Mr Lorenz Klein von Wisenberg

On 20 July 2022, the NSFM-Project held its first national conference at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek. The conference – officially endorsed by the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia, the Ministry of Environment (MEFT), Forestry and Tourism and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - was aimed at looking at the future of...

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“Stop Poaching Namibia’s Forestry Resources” – Round Table Discussion in Windhoek

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The SFM project held a round table discussion with media representatives on stopping the poaching of Namibia’s forestry resources at the House of Democracy, Windhoek, on 7 July 2022. The discussion was attended by members from inter alia New Era Publication Cooperation, Ministry of Education, NNF, European Union, Hitradio Namibia, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, NBC, Legal Assistance Center, City...

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Baseline Study Available Now

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As part of its activities, the NSFM-Project has recently published its baseline study online. A soft copy is available as a download now. Extract from the study: ‘The study starts with an overview of Namibia’s forests and woodland, the major timber trees and non-timber forest products, and the dynamics that regulate Namibian tree populations. Namibia has multifunctional forests and a detailed...

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Seminar on Sustainable Forest Management with Educators

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The NSFM project held a teacher and educators’ seminar on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) on 2 June 2022 at the House of Democracy, Windhoek. The seminar was attended by organisations such as EduVentures, LAC, DAPP, WWF, IUM, UNAM, NIED, teachers, NEEN members etc. The seminar was aimed at informing decision-makers of the school curriculum and educational programmes on SFM and its...

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Second Parliamentary-Public Engagement hosted by the NSFM-Project

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On Friday, 20 May 2022, the Members of Parliament met at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre for a Parliamentary-Public Engagement on ‘Tackling Climate Change in Namibia – Forestry as Key Sector’. Namibia is one of the countries hit severely by the effects of climate change. One possible solution to tackle climate change is however the forest sector. But, according to...

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14 Multipliers from Kavango West Region Trained on Sustainable Forest Management

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From 18 to 19 May 2022, a two-day workshop on Sustainable Forest Management was organised for 14 energetic young men from Community Forests from Kavango West Region in Nkurenkuru. Organised by the NSFM Project, this workshop is part of several workshops that are aiming at improving knowledge and skills on Sustainable Forest Management among Community Forest members, Traditional Authority representatives, as...

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Kavango West Traditional Authority Received Training on Sustainable Forest Management

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After having trained Traditional Authority representatives in Zambezi Region, the NSFM-Project visited Kavango West Region again to host another workshop with Traditional Authority representatives of Kavango West Region in Nkurenkuru on 17 May 2022. The workshops are one of the key components of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Regions in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project that are aiming at improving...

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‘Fencing in Community Forests and Conservancies’ – Round Table Discussion in Nkurenkuru

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The NSFM-Project organised another Round Table Discussion on the subject ‘Fencing in Community Forests and Conservancies’, this time in Nkurenkuru, Kavango West. On 16 May 2022, various representatives of the Kavango West Traditional Authorities, the Community Forests, the Communal Land Board, the Regional Council, the Directorate of Forestry as well as the Ministry of Lands met for this vital event. This...

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Another Five Community Forests trained in Sustainable Forest Management (PART 2)

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From mid-March to the beginning of April, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project was in the field again and trained the members of five Community Forests in Zambezi, Kavango East as well as Kavango West Region on Sustainable Forest Management. The two-day long workshops aimed at equipping members of Community Forests with the necessary skills...

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Another Five Community Forests trained in Sustainable Forest Management (PART 1)

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From mid-March to the beginning of April, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project was in the field again and trained the members of five Community Forests in Zambezi, Kavango East as well as Kavango West Region on Sustainable Forest Management. The two-day long workshops aimed at equipping members of Community Forests with the necessary skills...

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Excursion with Forest Management Committee Members to Kavango Regions performed

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In the week of 28 February to 04 March 2022, the NSFM-Project invited 7 representatives of Forest Management Committees of Zambezi Region to join an excursion to Kavango East and West Regions. The excursion is a key activity of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Regions in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project, an EU funded initiative aiming at contributing to an...

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Multipliers Trained on Sustainable Forest Management in Katima Mulilo

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18 enthusiastic young men and women met for a two-day workshop on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Katima Mulilo on 21 and 22 February 2022. Organised by the NSFM-Project, this workshop is part of numerous workshops that are aiming at improving knowledge and skills on SFM among Community Forest (CF) members, Traditional Authority (TA) representatives and Multipliers such as leading members...

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First Workshop with Traditional Authority Representatives on Sustainable Forest Management implemented

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On 18 February 2022, the NSFM-Project continued its workshops on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Zambezi Region. This time, ten representatives of the Traditional Authority (TA) were invited to Katima Mulilo to take part in a one-day workshop. The workshops are one of the key components of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Regions in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project...

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Panel Discussion on Sustainable Forest Resource Management in Katima Mulilo

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Zambezi Regions' second Panel Discussion was organised under the topic ‘How to Integrate Local Communities as Equal Partners in Sustainable Forest Resource Management?’ on 17 February 2022. This event is a component of a larger series of public discussions around the topic of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). The public discussion series takes place in the Zambezi and Kavango regions as well...

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NSFM-Project Launched Educational Material on Sustainable Forest Management

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On 08 February 2022, the NSFM-Project launched its educational material on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Windhoek. The series of eight fact sheets and four posters is an important component of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project, a collaborative initiative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN)....

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Panel Discussion in Nkurenkuru – How to Integrate Local Communities as Equal Partners in Sustainable Forest Resources Management?

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On 02 February 2022, the NSFM-Project visited Kavango West and organised a Panel Discussion in Nkurenkuru. The question under consideration was ‘How to Integrate Local Communities as Equal Partners in Sustainable Forest Resource Management?’. This event is a component of a larger series of public discussions around the topic of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). The public discussion series takes place in...

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End-of-the-year-review: The NSFM-Project in 2021

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When everyone is preparing for the festive season, it is time to pass the first year of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project in review. Even though a lot of restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSFM-Project completed its first project year with a lot of activities being implemented and various fruitful...

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Parliamentary Public Engagement on ‘Tackling Climate Change: Forestry as Key Sector’

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In collaboration with the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia (NSFM)-Project organized a Parliamentary Public Engagement in the National Assembly on 02 November 2021. The NSFM-Project is an initiative jointly implemented by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) with funding from the European...

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Key Stakeholder Consultation Event for Zambezi Region

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On 21 October 2021, the long-overdue Key Stakeholder Consultation Event for Zambezi Region took place. This event, like many events, had to be postponed due to the third Covid-19 wave hitting Namibia during the winter months. As a morning session before the days’ main event of the NSFM-Project in Katima Mulilo [‘Plant more, cut less trees’ – Panel Discussion in Katima...

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‘Plant more, cut less trees’ – Panel Discussion in Katima Mulilo

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The NSFM-Project hosted its first Panel Discussion for Zambezi Region in Katima Mulilo on 21 October 2021. The discussions’ topic was ‘Sustainable Forest Management – Key to Adding Value to Local Development’. This event is a component of a larger series of public discussions around the topic of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). The public discussion series takes place in Windhoek, Rundu...

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Training on Sustainable Forest Management started in Community Forests (PART 2)

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[Continuation of Training on Sustainable Forest Management started in Community Forests (PART 1)] Mid October, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Region in Namibia’ (NSFM)-Project commenced with its workshops in Community Forests in Kavango West, Kavango East as well as Zambezi Region; Mbeyo, Likwaterera, Zilitene and Lubuta were the first Community Forests that got training on Sustainable Forest Management....

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Training on Sustainable Forest Management started in Community Forests (PART 1)

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Mid October, the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Region in Namibia’ (NSFM)-Project commenced with its workshops in Community Forests in Kavango West, Kavango East as well as Zambezi Region; Mbeyo, Likwaterera, Zilitene and Lubuta were the first Community Forests that got training on Sustainable Forest Management. The role of Community Forests in Sustainable Forest Management was next on the...

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Important Round Table Discussion hosted by the NSFM-Project in Rundu

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  On 29 September 2021, a Round Table Discussion was organised by the NSFM-Project on the subject ‘Fencing in Community Forests and Conservancies’. Various representatives of the Kavango East Traditional Authorities, the Community Forests, the Communal Land Board, the Regional Council, the Directorate of Forestry as well as the Ministry of Lands met for this important event in Rundu. The Round...

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Panel Discussion on the Current State of Sustainable Forest Management

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The second Panel Discussion in a series of upcoming Public Discussions dealt with the current state of Sustainable Forest Management in Namibia. On 11 May 2021, the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) Project in collaboration with the Namibia Scientific Society and funding from the European Union successfully hosted a Panel Discussion in Windhoek. Three experts were invited to shed light on...

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Pre-Visitation Trip to Kavango and Zambezi Regions

In April, the Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) Project Team spend 12 days in the Kavango and Zambezi Region to meet with the local communities, regional decision-makers as well as regional offices of the Directorate of Forestry (DoF). The pre-visitation trip was dedicated to introducing the NSFM-Project to its target groups in the Kavango and Zambezi Regions, to learning about their...

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Insightful Key Stakeholder Consultation Event in Rundu

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The Namibia Sustainable Forest Management (NSFM) Project hosted an insightful Key Stakeholder Consultation Event in Rundu on 08 April 2021. Important stakeholders invited included representatives of the Traditional Authorities, the Kavango East and West Regional Farmer Unions, the Community Forests, as well as Councilors of the Kavango East and West Regional Councils and the Governors of both Kavango regions. This exchange...

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NSFM-Project hosted its first Public Discussion Event in Rundu

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‘Sustainable Forests Management – Key to Adding Value to Local Development’ was the topic discussed during the High-Level-Expert Talk in Rundu on 08 April 2021. This successful High-Level-Expert Talk forms an important event in a series of upcoming Public Discussions in Windhoek, Rundu and Katima Mulilo which compromise key components of the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi Region in...

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NSFM-Project Panel Discussion 25/02/2021

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The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia in collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN and the Namibia Scientific Society (NWG) successfully hosted a Panel Discussion in Windhoek on 25 February 2021. Four experts from different backgrounds were invited to deal with the question ‘What is Sustainable Forest Management?’ in a lively online event. As the first event in a...

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Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ Project Officially Launches at the House of Democracy

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On 11 February 2021, The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Namibia in collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) officially launched the European Union (EU)-funded ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Regions in Namibia’ (NSFM) Project at a public event held at the House of Democracy in Windhoek. The NSFM-Project, with a planned implementation period spanning from October 2020 to...

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