Southern Africa Updates


Friday, 26 March 2021
Pilot on FSC Certified Charcoal Production in Communal Areas kicks off

Namibia Project bush biomass (© GIZ/Tim Brunauer)© GIZ/Tim BrunauerLaunched on 17 March 2021, the “Commercialisation of Bush Biomass in Communal Areas through FSC certification” pilot project supports community forests to test suitable methods for harvesting and processing bush biomass in communal areas through sustainable charcoal production. The initiative is implemented by the Directorate of Forestry and the GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project in partnership with the De-bushing Advisory Service, a division of Namibia Biomass Industry Group with technical expertise by the CMO group. read more …


Friday, 26 March 2021
A New Perspective on Pesticides

Pesticides (© shutterstock)© shutterstockA revised FSC Pesticides Policy means new rules for foresters to follow. But more importantly, suggests Manushka Moodley, it should change the way we think. read more …


Tuesday, 16 March 2021
World Water Day - 22 March, 2021 : What does water mean to you?

World Water Day, March 22nd, 2021 (© WWF/Robb Tarr)© WWF/Robb TarrAn exclusive interview with Dr David Lindley from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa, by Gerard Busse, Marketing Manager, Forest Stewardship Council South Africa read more …


Thursday, 11 March 2021
Celebrating International Day of Forests on 21 March 2021 - Forest Restoration – everyone has a role to play

Mac Mac Falls - International Day of Forests – The iconic Mac Mac Falls, an ecotourism conservationarea  within the boundary of the SAFCOLTweefontein Plantation, Mpumalanga, South Africa   (© @SAFCOL)© @SAFCOL2021 marks the start of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. The intended outcome is to increase eco-logical resilience and productivity by putting trees and forests back into degraded forest landscapes at a massive scale. It is thus no surprise that the theme this year for the United Nation’s International Day of Forests on the 21 March 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. (FAO 2021) read more …


Monday, 01 February 2021
Celebrating Wetlands in South Africa and their contribution to water resource management

wetlands water lilies (© A KZN Wetland – courtesy WWF-SA)© A KZN Wetland – courtesy WWF-SAAs we celebrate World Wetlands Day on 02 February, let us reflect on the 2021 theme “Wetlands and Water”, which highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. read more …


Wednesday, 16 December 2020
A stylish solution for Retailers

Detpack Grace bag – Recycled paper bag Detpack Grace bag (© Detpack)© DetpackThe Detpak Grace Bag is a sophisticated, beautiful and stylish generic paper bag option for anyone wanting to differentiate their packaging options. read more …



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