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Jumbo Charcoal Group Scheme Management

Jumbo Charcoal Group Scheme Management


Proponent: Jumbo Charcoal Namibia (Pty) Ltd

Status: Approval Obtained, Open for Public Participation

Sector: Agriculture

Country: Namibia

Background Document


Jumbo views the ‘invader bush’ as a resource, which, if effectively managed, can increase the overall productivity of a farm (the unit). The fact that bush encroachment is responsible for loss of productivity is also recognized. Thinning out encroacher species therefore has many benefits, including:

  • Improved farm productivity – well managed bush thinning will result in more grass available for grazing
  • Increased water availability – reducing tree cover increases water available for grass and other species with shallow root systems and leaves water available for groundwater recharge
  • Increased biodiversity – a mix of vegetation types provides habitat for wider variety of species

Bush thinning and charcoaling activities can potentially result in adverse environmental impacts. Key impacts are:

  • Reduced soil quality through erosion after vegetation clearance;
  • Disturbance to flora and fauna through bush thinning activities;
  • Temporary loss habitat and thus reduction in biodiversity; and
  • Increased surface runoff during rainfall events leading to reduced surface water quality and soil erosion.

A range of beneficial impacts can also arise, including:

  • Improved rangelands leading to increased productivity;
  • Job creation;
  • Increased skills;
  • Eradication of invasive species; and
  • Increased silvicultural ecosystems and carrying capacity.




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ECC’s Role in the project

Environmental Compliance Consultancy (ECC) role is to manage the Jumbo Group Scheme. To find out who are members of the Jumbo Group Scheme, read more about previous reports and / or products kindly follow this link Jumbo Group Scheme Certificate For any information or queries or to request a summary of any of the Group Scheme Members or the Group Scheme at large, please do not hesitate to register as an I&AP or contact us directly.

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