Looking at the looting of logs

03 December 2018 | Environment

On Tuesday (4 December), the Scientific Society hosts a public talk by John Grobler themed Let's Look at the Looting of Logs.

Between 1990 and 2000, Namibia lost an average of 72 900 hectares of forest every year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 0.83%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change increased by 11.3% to 0.93% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, Namibia lost 12.6% of its forest cover, or around 1 101 000 hectares. Measuring the total rate of habitat conversion (defined as change in forest area plus change in woodland area minus net plantation expansion) for the 1990-2005 interval, Namibia lost 9.3% of its forest and woodland habitat.

Evidence has been presented on social media. Let's look at the details!

John Grobler is a Namibia veteran investigative journalist who has written for several Namibian and international newspapers such as South Africa's Mail & Guardian, as well as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Grobler is a co-founder of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, an association of investigative journalists in Africa established in 2004. He has won several awards over the years, most notably a CNN Africa Media award in 2008 for exposing the Mafia's hand in the Namibian diamond industry, as well as in 2016 for exposing the role of the Chinese and local business in the organised poaching of black rhinos in Namibia's Kunene Region.

The talk starts at 19:30

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