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Type Book Section - Bush encroachment, de-bushing and energy production in Namibia
Title Perspectives on Energy Security and Renewable Energies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 291-296
URL https://su-plus.strathmore.edu/bitstream/handle/11071/4458/Perspectives on energy security and​renewable energies in Sub-Saharan Africa.pdf?sequence=1#page=306
Namibia is challenged by massive bush encroachment that currently affects more than
26 million hectares of agricultural land.1 The bush-encroached area constitutes more
than 30% of the 829 000 km2
-large country and spans eight of its 13 regions, with a
concentration on the central northern part of Namibia (see Figure 1). There is evidence
that the process of bush encroachment has been triggered by man-made factors like
overgrazing and prevention of natural fires. These factors distorted the natural savannah
ecosystem and favoured the growth of woody vegetation, in particular ‘intruder’ bush,
at the expense of grass vegetation

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