We are now in the final stages of validating the LDN baseline results for a different region, Omusati. Enthusiasm for further collaboration is high, and applications of the newly acquired skills are limitless.

All regions are now required by law to complete IRLUP. As part of the process, important data, e.g. the land degradation baselines, are to be included in participatory meetings with local communities such as the Herero. Yet the biggest achievement of our work may still be to come. Once communities like the Herero can use locally produced maps to co-develop sustainable approaches for managing bush encroachment, increasing soil carbon, water resources and improving livelihoods, we expect to see ground-breaking, locally relevant solutions.

Namibia has established a national de-bushing programme which promotes the large-scale expansion of effective activities to fight bush encroachment. The programme is supported by public and private sector stakeholders. GIZ backs both this programme and IRLUP.


John Yumbya Mutua, MSc, works as a Geographic Information System Analyst in the Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability (SoiLS) Program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Contact: j.y.mutua(at)cgiar.org

Ravic Nijbroek, PhD, works as a Landscape Scientist in the Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability Program at CIAT and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Contact: r.nijbroek(at)cgiar.org