Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010. Country Report Namibia

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Forestry sector is managed by the directorate of forestry in partnership with the forestry stakeholders (as articulated by the vision 2030 that stress that stakeholder participation is a key to national development) which comprise of the following two main groups: forest resource users namely local communities, farmers and private sectors; and institutions that provide financial resources. The directorate of forestry is divided into two main divisions, namely, forestry management which is responsible for development of policy and legal framework, protection and management of classified forests, promotion of farm community, and environmental forestry, provision of extension services and maintenance of an efficient sector-wide management information system. The forestry research division is responsible for conducting integrated forestry research including indigenous knowledge and dissemination of forestry research information. Regarding the status of forestry information availability in Namibia, the forest inventory is not done for the whole country. The main challenge is manpower and resources. Currently only 4 regions are inventoried out of 13 regions. The inventories are carried out in community forests in most of the regions, but these data are not representing the whole regions, thus data are not significant for FAO report. Currently several positions in the Directorate of Forestry are vacant which also contribute to unavailability of information since the current staffs are overloaded with activities. The other main challenge is that some of the data are not recorded, thus makes data difficult to be found.

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