Bush Utilization and Promotion of Wood Industries
Bush encroachment or bush thickening is perceived as environmental problem by many people especially the livestock farmers, due to a lack of understanding and skill to realise the economic benefits that can be derived from the encroacher bush.
Despite the negative impacts, the encroacher bush has developed into a huge biomass resource, estimated at about 200 to 300 million tonnes. Measures used to combat bush encroachment create positive opportunities for the Namibian economy such as the use of wood resources for electricity generation and value chain development in other sectors. Bush thinning/De-bushing therefore offers the potential to increase agricultural productivity, economic growth, employment and energy security, without competing with food production.
However wood industry covers other wood products beyond the bush based products, that include furniture manufacturing and wood carvings which are promoted even in the areas which are not bush encroached, for instance in sustainable forest managed areas (Community Forests and Conservancies).