Charcoal production is an important component of environmental sustainability in Namibia.
Creating charcoal from encroachment bush isn’t just environmentally sustainable, it has a positive impact on the environment.
The amount of land in Namibia, that has a reoccurring problem with encroachment species.
The amount of processed charcoal, that we were able to produce from all harvested bush material.
Regained native flora
The amount of native land, which was able to recover from the ecological factors from bush encroachment.
Number of Jobs
The number of jobs we were able to create, due to the increasing amount of orders in various sectors.
Environmental Sustainability – Negative effects of bush encroachment
Approximately 28 million hectares of commercial and communal land in Namibia are affected, resulting in a loss of botanical and mammalian diversity, as well as a lower water table. All these factors lead to an increase in artificial droughts.
The Agricultural Sector in Namibia employs approximately 25% of the total workforce. The negative effects of bush encroachment have detrimentally affected livestock farming in particular. For example, commercial cattle numbers have fallen from 2.4 million in 1958 to just 800,000 in 2012, having a knock-on effect throughout the economy. The Namibian government estimates economic losses caused by bush encroachment at N$1,6 billion (US$ 128 million) per year.
What bush encroachment looks like.
Environmentally Sustainability – Positive Effects
Charcoal production makes it financially viable to restore the environment by incentivising the removal of encroachment bush – an issue many farmers in Namibia struggle with. The result is grassland rehabilitation, the return to a wider array of grass species and the creation of local jobs in rural communities. At present, NRC together with its founders employ approximately 190 people.
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