Patrolling around Ncumcara Community Forestry ineffective due to lack of transport

Patrolling around the Ncumcara Community Forestry, situated some 30 kilometres south of Rundu, has been ineffective this year due to lack of transport.

Ncumcara is one of five community forests in the Kavango West region, and was gazetted in 2002.

It was established to amongst others manage and utilise forest products sustainably, control forest fires, and curb illegal tree harvesting.

The patrol around the 15 000 hectares of the forestry has not taken place since the beginning of this year.

Paulus Kampanza, one of the Ncumcara community forestry committee members, told Nampa today the forestry committees which have been tasked with patrolling the community forests, have been unable to carry out their task because they don’t have a vehicle of their own.

Kampanza stated that the committee previously hired private vehicles to patrol the area, but they stopped as they have no funds to pay for private vehicles any longer.