We believe in an approach to conservation of community forests in which ecological, economic, social and cultural concerns are linked. We focus on community forests as a key to sustaining communities Our approach leverages resources to make sure that the full amount of each contribution supports our on-the-ground programs.
Our pursuit of collaborative conservation partnerships reflects our “entrepreneurial” approach to develop and catalyze innovative projects. To these projects, NAFOLA offers strategic guidance, funding support, communications advice and global connections to empower project leaders to develop self-sustaining models.
We are a five-year GEF funded project implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry that is dedicated to strengthening and enhancing community forests and encourage communities to feel ownership over local level forest resources
Sustainable Management of Namibia’s Forested Lands (NAFOLA) overall goal is to reduce pressures on natural resources from competing land uses in the wider landscape. We will do this by helping formalize 11 Community Forests and enhancing community ownership and local capacity in the management of community forest resources. This will improve agriculture, livestock and forestry management practices within these communities and grow their ability to sustain their communities. Having a more productive dry lands ecosystem will also reduce deforestation and secure the environmental benefits of forest resources in Namibia.
By giving communities rights and responsibilities for local level forest resources management as well as the forming and gazetting Community Forests (CFs) NAFOLA will be reducing the current pressure on forest resources.
Forests are a vital natural resource in Namibia as they reduce soil erosion and conserve water, maintain biodiversity, and provide many products such as wood and food to communities. Without forests, large areas in Namibia would become degraded, and the communities in those areas would suffer in various ways.
NAFOLA is a five year Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded project implemented by the MAWF. The overall objective is to reduce pressure on natural resources from competing land uses in the wider landscape. This is done by facilitating the formalisation of 9 CFs, enhance community ownership and local capacity in the management of CF resources.
Furthermore, NAFOLA aims to increase the uptake of improved agriculture, livestock and forestry management practises to reduce pressure on forest resources. This will increase the productivity of the dry lands ecosystem while reducing deforestation and secure the environmental benefits of forest resources in Namibia. The land use practises in communal lands comprise of a large portion of subsistence crop and livestock farming.