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


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). The series of eight educational video clips that were first launched in English language in 2022 and have been visual translated to Silozi language are 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), financially supported by the European Union.

The video presentation and dialogue event were moderated by Ms Daisy Manungo. The welcoming remarks were provided by Hon. Bernard Sisamu, acting Governor of Zambezi region, who welcomed all participants and gave his appreciation to the NSFM Project for the visual translated videos in Silozi language that has a huge impact in the local community. He further added that such initiative could prompt and promote SFM in the entire Zambezi region. He further phrased his remarks saying, “I am convinced that the educational videos in Silozi will significantly contribute to information access and improved knowledge of the people on the ground in the affected regions.” The introduction and objectives were provided by Dr Martin Schneider, Director of the DRFN who highlighted that the translation of the educational materials into Silozi videos will enable local people to broaden their knowledge and skills on SFM and to improve the implementation of this concept on the ground.

The eight Silozi educational video clips were played, which gave a detailed explanation on the roles of environmental education and raising awareness about both the concept and benefits of SFM. Most participants made contributions and appreciated the work done by the NSFM Project to translate the videos in Silozi and how enthusiastic they were to play the videos in their respective community forests. A member from the land board added that the world today needs such effective environmental education, particularly, education in the native language for sustainable development to better understand and respect nature.

Each video clip was played, and discussions followed afterwards. The event ended with a lively Q&A session. The closing remarks were given by councillor Hon. Divai Humphrey, Acting Chairperson of the Regional Council of Zambezi region.

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