The impact of wood harvesting – Namibian hardwood charcoal

A study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that during the decade from 1980 to 1990, the world’s tropical forests were reduced by an average of 15.4 million hectares per year.

Forestry NGO, Fern has released a report, Playing with Fire: human misery, environmental destruction and summer BBQs. The report shows that in Namibia deforestation is a complex issue:

  • Trees are being illegally harvested to make charcoal
  • Workers are operating in deplorable conditions
  • They make the charcoal in archaic kilns, which cause massive damage to the environment

CapeTalks John Maytham speaks to Mark Olden, Press Adviser and Report Author: FERN about the effects of charcoal to the environment.

According to Olden the United Kingdom imports an enormous amount of charcoal than any other country and about 30 percent of 150 000 tons of charcoal produced in Namibia is imported in South Africa

The Namibian hardwood is under threat

Mark Olden, Press Adviser and Report Author: FERN

We found a lot of evidence of some seriously bio-impact that the charcoal industry is having

Mark Olden, Press Adviser and Report Author: FERN

Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show:


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