This ethnographic awareness film depicts the problem of illegal logging in the Kavango Region of Namibia. The Kavango woodland savannah is one of the few remaining forest resources in a country that is confronted with deforestation.

In Kavango large parts of the population depend on the use of resources on communal land. The fact that logging targets valuable trees that are irreplaceable due to their long growing-period makes uncontrolled harvesting of timber trees a severe environmental problem in the region.

This film assesses the situation of landusers who practise logging, investigates backgrounds and presents exemplary community-based forestry projects.
The film is aimed at raising awareness for the value of natural resources and initiating a discussion on a local and regional level. Main intended audiences are the rural people of the Kavango Region as well as various stakeholders.

A Film by Michael Pröpper and Martin Gruber
co-directed by Robert Mukuya and Raphael Sinkumba

Produced by the Institute for Social Anthropology
University of Hamburg / Germany
within the research project BIOTA Southern Africa
biota-africa.org
Rukwangali with English subtitles
Running-time: 50 minutes
© gruberfilm 2007

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