Flora

June 18, 2012

Namibian Tree Atlas Project: Three years of Atlassing

By Barbara Curtis, Project Manager, Tree Atlas Project, National Botanic Research Institute The Namibian Tree Atlas Project is a public participation project that has been running […]
June 19, 2012

Marula oil – Namibia’s own ‘beautiful’ food

For more than a century the marula fruit has been traditionally harvested by local communities living in the north-central parts of Namibia, where the marula tree […]
June 19, 2012

Sustainable utilisation of Devil’s claw

In order to achieve sustainable development of Namibia’s natural and socio-economic environments, there is a need to improve access to existing knowledge and to generate new […]
June 20, 2012

DRFN Student Desertification Programme: new insights into indigenous fruit trees

The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), an NGO based in Windhoek, has a long-standing tradition of promoting sustainable development through wise resource management. Through one […]
June 21, 2012

Trees – Namibia’s big five

By Barbara Curtis Most people who come to Africa want to see “The Big Five” – the five African mammals considered by hunters to be the […]
July 5, 2012

Prosopis – the pros and cons

The benefits of prosopis trees might well outweigh their disadvantages says Andreas Wienecke, Research Manager at the Habitat Research and Development Centre of Namibia. He suggests […]
July 6, 2012

National Botanical Research Institute: Conserving the diversity of Namibia’s plant life

By Ginger Mauney In the field there is often a fine line between what can kill you and what can cure you. It can be found […]
July 12, 2012

Community Forestry Programme: Community forests now cover over 1.6 million hectares

According to FAO statistics, Namibia’s forests are declining by 0.9 per cent per year, an alarmingly high figure if you take into account how difficult it […]
July 13, 2012

Lichens – An entrenched relationship of two parts

By Hu Berry Lichens on the surface of the earth are the same as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. When lichens die something is […]
July 13, 2012

!Nara – A desert melon woven into culture

By Hu Berry Its scientific name Acanthosicyos horridus is more difficult to pronounce than its Topnaar name, !nara. The high-pitched Topnaar click precedes the Nama word […]
July 15, 2012

Succulents – Treasures of the Namib Desert

By Hu Berry Scarce and susceptible, some of the Namib’s succulents have become rare because of the ‘collector’ or plant thief who unscrupulously removes them from […]
July 15, 2012

Community Based Natural Resource Management – Why does the world take note?

by Helge Denker, NACSO/WWF in Namibia A sparsely populated desert country in Southern Africa as a world leader in community-based conservation? Unlikely? Well, people from the Great […]
July 15, 2012

Community Forestry in Namibia Integrated forest management

by Rolf-D Sprung, German Development Service (DED) More than 30 women and men swarm through the forest, collecting branches and trunk pieces scattered over the ground from […]
July 15, 2012

Community Forests and Conservancies – Promising partnerships – a tale of integration

by Rolf Sprung, German Development Cooperation “Quiet! I think we’re getting close,” whispers the 16-year-old San boy to his companion. The two of them have been […]
July 15, 2012

Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP) Strategic partnership for biodiversity hotspots in Namibia

by Jonas Nghishidi, NNF project coordinator The Succulent Karoo is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and sadly, one of three within Southern Africa. […]
July 26, 2012

Invasive wood put to good ecological use

The attractive wood of an aggressive alien invasive tree – the prosopis – is used for decking at Wilderness Safari camps throughout Namibia. “This is not […]
August 5, 2012

Welwitschia’s Ark in the Namib desert

Big stories about little things This is the sixth in a series by Joh Henschel of EnviroMEND about the Namib Desert. Its wonders have many forms, […]
August 6, 2012

As fresh as a newly-picked sprig – Wild Rocket, SWAKOPMUND

Text and photographs: Ron Swilling A new burst of freshness has arrived in Swakopmund with the Wild Rocket restaurant, conveniently situated in the Kronheimer Courtyard (next […]
August 12, 2012

Otherworldly scenery and prehistoric plant

by Nicolette Jacobi With the Dorob National Park as your base, comfortable day trips can be undertaken along routes into the neighbouring Namib-Naukluft Park. One such […]
August 12, 2012

Flowering trees in Windhoek

Text and photographs Luise Hoffmann Each year from the end of July until the beginning of October trees in the gardens of Windhoek explode in a […]

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