Forest Application In Namibia

Forest Application In Namibia

Forest Application In Namibia

Forest Permits


The Forest Act (12 of 2001) Amended Act 13 of 2005 requires anybody who needs to harvest, transport, and export or market forest resources to be in possession of a valid permit issued by the nearest forestry office.

Permits are issued by all forestry offices except for export permits (commercial) issued by Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Grootfontein offices only.

Target Group or Beneficiaries

Anybody who needs to harvest, transport, and export or market forest resources

Processes and Procedures of getting the Service

Permits are issued by all forestry offices except for export permits (commercial) issued by Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Grootfontein offices only.

Requirements for different forestry permits:

Harvesting permit

Complete application form with all the required details. If applicant is not the legal owner of the farm, a written permission is required from the rightful owner. Permit will only be issued if an inspection is done on the farm. The reason for the inspection is to see whether there are sufficient resources available to grant such quantities applied by the applicant.

The validity of the permit is for a maximum period of three(3) Months Commercial area and seven(7) days Communal area and the Fee payable is N$60(Commercial area) and N$20(Communal area). For Own use it is three(3) days and the fee payable is N$10.

Marketing permit

The same information is required as for the Harvesting Permit, except that the applicant needs to indicate the places of market and the origin of the Forest Produce to be marketed. A marketing permit will only be issued once the applicant submits a Harvesting Permit, this applies especially for those that harvest in one region and wants to market in another region.

The validity of the permit is for the maximum period of 3 months Commercial and 1 month Communal and the Fee payable is N$60(Commercial) and N$20(Communal).

Transport permit (commercial or own use)

The transport Commercial permit is required for applicants that are selling the Forest Produce whereas the own use is for those applicants that need the produce for their own consumption. The important information needed here is the REGISTRATION NUMBER OF THE VEHICLE OR THE NAME OF THE TRANSPORT AGENT.

The validity for permit is for a maximum period of Seven(7) days Commercial and three (3) days for Own use and the fee payable is N$20(Commercial) and N$10(Own use).

Export permit (commercial or own use)

The Export Commercial Permit is a permit that enables the applicant to export Forest Produce to other countries. Some countries require the forest produce to be accompanied by a Fumigation Certificate (obtained from the destination country; for South Africa it is the Department of Water and Forestry in Pretoria), a Phytosanitary Certificate (obtained from the Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, 2nd floor room 269, telephone 208 7527). The same applies to the Export for Own Use with the exception that the Import Permit can be issued from the Border Post.

The validity of the Export Commercial(for value added forest products) is seven (7) days only and the fee is based on the weight of the Produce and is calculated as follows: N$20 per ton for the first ten tons and N$5 per ton for all the additional tons.

The validity of the Export Commercial(for raw forest products) is seven (7) days only and the fee is based on the weight of the Produce and is calculated as follows: N$50 per ton for the first ten tons and N$20 per ton for all the additional tons.

The Export for Own Use is also valid for seven (7) days and costs N$20. Transit is four (4) days and costs N$50. Import is seven(7) days and costs N$20.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Which trees Cannot be cut without the approval of the government in Namibia?

Sandal is one of the tree which is not allowed to cut down without the permission of the govt.

What is the punishment for cutting trees in Namibia?

The answer is ‘yes’, because, according to this Act, the penalty for cutting down a tree is Rs.10,000 or 3 months imprisonment. There are several instances reported in which laymen ended up paying Rs. 10,000 as compounding fee to the forest department for cutting down trees in their premises

How much can you make from selling timber in Namibia?

Depending on the type of trees and the market when the timber is sold, you could earn $500 to $2000 per acre (at $1500, you would be looking at $60 per year in income if you were to annualize it over 25 years).

What tree is worth the most money in Namibia?

Trees used for veneer purposes are the most valuable. Walnut trees are always one of the most demanded trees in the wood industry. Oaks, maples, cherry, and ashes are also valuable trees. A high-quality veneer tree with a large diameter can be worth a lot but they are rare.

Can I cut down trees on my own land?

A landowner may not cut down the tree or enter on to the land of the tree owner without permission. If the owner of the tree does not want the cuttings, they must be disposed of in a responsible way and should not be left in the tree owner’s property without permission.

What are the rules for cutting down trees in Namibia?

Without permission, it’s an offence to cut down, uproot or wilfully destroy any trees: subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)in a Conservation Area. over 5 cubic metres in volume (whether an individual tree or several smaller trees).

What are the causes of illegal logging?

Illegal logging occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national or international laws. It is driven by demand for timber, paper and derivative products, including packaging. Another cause of illegal logging is forest conversion.

Is selling timber profitable in Namibia?

Depending on current timber prices, you could make some money. If this is the only reason you’re thinking about cutting timber (but aren’t excited about removing your park-like trees), there are other options that don’t involve cutting. In fact, you can make a healthy side income without cutting your trees at all.

Can you ask a Neighbour to cut down a tree?

You have a common law right to cut back tree branches that overhang onto your property. The law states that any branches cut off belong to the person on whose land the tree originally grew, so you should ask your neighbour if they want them back, or if they are happy for you to dispose of them.

Is it illegal to take wood from a forest in Namibia?

Is removing firewood legal? Everything within a wood, including fallen branches and logs, is the property of the woodland owner. This means removing logs from a wood without consent is considered theft. Make sure you have the consent of the wood owner before you remove any wood.

Can I pick up wood from fallen trees in Namibia?

Even if the tree is dead, fallen, or diseased, you could be breaking the law by harvesting it. It’s illegal to take wood from national forests, parks, public land, reservoirs, and reserves. You could get fined between $300-$1000, along with having your equipment seized (like chainsaws).

How do loggers mark trees in Namibia?

Loggers are used to cutting marked trees. You could spray a slash on the butt at ground line of every take tree so that it is evident even after the tree has been cut and skidded out that the tree was a marked one.

What is the cause and effect of illegal logging in Namibia?

The environmental effects of illegal logging include deforestation, the loss of biodiversity and the emission of greenhouse gases. Illegal logging has contributed to conflicts with indigenous and local populations, violence, human rights abuses, corruption, funding of armed conflicts and the worsening of poverty.

Why should we prevent illegal logging?

Illegal logging destroys trees that act as carbon sinks and climate regulators which play a significant role in global warming and climate change. The illegal clearing of forests to obtain timber is equally responsible for about 11% of carbon emissions which continue to impact climates worldwide.

What is private land timber permit?

Private Land Timber Permit a permit issued to a landowner for the cutting, gathering and utilization of naturally grown trees in private lands. 

How much does it cost to harvest timber in Namibia?

As noted, this generated average total logging costs per ton that varied from N$ 57.27 to N$ 160.81 per ton, with an average value of US$ 7.14 per ton for Argentina, US$ 8.41 per ton for Brazil, and US$ 14.16 per ton for Uruguay.