The CCF BUSH Project has continued land restoration on the CCF reserve lands.Both Morbarkbushchippers were busy most of the year, and about 200 hectares (494 acres) of woodland habitat were restored. (Each hectare produces up to 10 tons of bush biomass.) BUSHBLOK sales were good in South Africa and Namibia, and late in the year containers left for England.
The Forestry Stewardship Council inspection renewed our certification for another 5 years. CCF continues to sit on Namibia's Ministry of Agriculture Woodland Management Council and provided the Director of Forestry with a review paper on forest certification options.
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As part of the habitat restoration project, we monitor thornbush-harvested areas to see if wildlife is returning. As you can tell from the attached photos, clearing thornbush is working to bring back wildlife. These photos are from camera traps set in bush-harvested areas at "cheetah playtrees", trees that cheetahs visit to mark and check for other cheetahs that have passed through. But it's not always cheetahs who visit! While we're called the Cheetah Conservation Fund, we're almost as happy to see photos of leopards. So thank you for your donations toward this project--together we're making a real difference!
Recently Dr. Laurie Marker was named a co-recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement--known as the Nobel for the environment--in part for CCF's Bush Project. The Tyler Prize was established by the late John and Alice Tyler in 1973 and is administered by the University of Southern California. This is a great honor for Dr. Marker and CCF. The prize money will be earmarked for a biomass-powered generator that will produce power by burning invasive bush. As Namibia is dependent on South Africa for electricity--and even then much of Namibia is not on a power grid--developing alternative sources of fuel are critical. Biomass-powered generators burn much cleaner than their diesel counterparts. It is hoped that once CCF's generator is up and running--and providing power to the BushBlok plant as well--other entities, such as the Namibian government, will install biomass-fueled power plants and adopt CCF's ecologically safe bush harvesting methods. This has the potential to restore millions of acres of wildlife habitat in Namibia alone.
CCF’s Bushblok will soon be available in Holland, with the ‘Hier’ logo the on Bushblok labels. Hier (Dutch for ‘Here‘) is a large Dutch climate program that stresses the immediate necessity to implement adaptation projects and initiatives for climate change. By allowing the use of their logo, Hier recognises the fact that CCF's Bushblok brings a viable solution that benefits both humans and nature.
CCF's Bush Project has been chosen as one of 12 finalists in World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at projects showing enterprise and innovation at the grassroots level. Finalists will be featured in half-hour segments on BBC World News, and the winner will be determined by popular online vote at www.theworldchallenge.co.uk. Voting opens September 28 and closes at midnight (GMT) on Nov. 13.
As a finalist for the World Challenge, the CCF Bush Project will be featured on BBC World News on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1430 (all times GMT) and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 0230, 0930 and 1730. To find local broadcast times worldwide, visit the BBC World News schedule at http://www.bbcworldnews.com/Pages/Schedules.aspx.
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