“Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple.” - Martin O’Malley
N/a’an ku sê Forest Conservation Revegetation Project
With the goal of conserving Namibia’s landscapes by combatting desertification, the project is evolving to active rehabilitation of degraded areas where indigenous plants once thrived. The recycling of water is combined with cultivating trees and plants in areas of severe landscape degradation.
The Naankuse Forest Conservation Revegetation Project involves the construction of economically viable and ecologically sustainable nurseries at both Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate, as well as at Kanaan Desert Retreat, both of these locations being managed by the Naankuse Foundation in a conservation capacity. Indigenous seeds of various native tree and shrub species (with a focus on endangered species) are collected and propagated using recycled water. These seedlings are then planted into areas where existing native vegetation has been reduced or lost because of human interference.
Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy
In November 2016, the project was accepted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), at a ceremony hosted by Her Majesty the Queen of England and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and attended by world-renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. The QCC, launched in 2015, is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 52 countries of the Commonwealth.
The link between the Naankuse Foundation and the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was established by Angelina Jolie who identified Namibia as a Commonwealth country worthy of forming an essential part of the QCC concept.