Synthesis Report on the Community Forestry in Namibia Project (CFN) North West Forestry Region of Namibia - January 2009 to April 2011: What are the opportunities of community forest management in North West Forestry Region and which approaches are promising?

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North Central Namibia with its four political regions Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto is the densest populated area in Namibia with around 898,800 people. It corresponds to 42.8 per cent of the total Namibian Population of around 2.1 million in 2010i. It is mainly home to the ethnic group of Owambo that includes the eight Traditional Authorities Uukolonkadhi, Uukwaluudhi, Ongandjera, Ombalantu, Okalongo, Uukwambi, Ondonga and Oukwanyama. The two latter Traditional Authorities dominate in population and dispersion. Other ethnic groups that occur scattered and have their main homelands outside North Central Namibia are the Hereros, Himbas, San people and the Africaans.

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