The Support to De-bushing project led to a follow up second phase, know referred to as the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation (BCBU) project. The project remains under the implementation of the GIZ and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) during the periods of 2018 to 2021. The main objective of the project is to improve the economic utilisation of biomass from bush controlled rangelands in order to restore carrying capacities.
Two pilot regions will be supported through the project, with a wide involvement of stakeholders from both government and private sector to:
- Create enable framework/s for bush control and biomass utilization
- Strengthen the capacities of the responsible authorities to improve monitoring of bush biomass harvesting and processing activities.
- Provide advisory service to farmers and SMEs through training's and capacity building interventions.
- Develop sustainable biomass supply chains both locally and internationally, and
- Pilot innovative and climate friendly technologies for harvesting and processing bush biomass.
During the first phase of the project, selected value chains were piloted, including the production of animal feed with UNDP NAFOLA project and the modernized production of charcoal in collaboration with Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA). Evidence regarding the economic viability and environmental soundness of biomass resource utilization was provided. Organisational capacities has been put in place through the development of the De-bushing Advisory Service as well as the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG). These organisations continue to support the farming, business communities to upscale bush control and biomass utilization. In addition, the project supported the development of a national strategy for improving range land through encroaches bush utilization as a basis for a future national bush control program in Namibia.