Forest Regulations, 2015


Coat of Arms
Forest Act, 2001

Forest Regulations, 2015

Government Notice 170 of 2015

  • Published in Government Gazette 5801 on 3 August 2015
  • Assented to on 13 July 2015
  • Commenced on 3 August 2015
  • [This is the version of this document at 15 November 2017 and includes any amendments published up to 16 February 2024.]
  • [Note: The version of this legislation as at 15 November 2017 was revised and consolidated by the Legal Assistance Centre and the Government of the Republic of Namibia. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for NamibLII.]
The Government Notice which publishes these regulations notes that they were made with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.The word “meters” appears in both the US spelling (“meters”) and the British spelling (“metres”) in this Government Gazette.

1. Definitions

In these regulations a word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act has that meaning, and unless the context otherwise indicates-Directorate” means the Directorate that administers forestry;fire cutlines” means a strip of width 10 meters or more constructed for the prevention of fire spreading when forests or portions thereof are burnt;management plans” means an agreement between the Minister and a management body which contains all operational work and administration of a community forest; andrehabilitation agreement” means an agreement contemplated in regulation 8(14).

2. Certificates of designation as forest officers

The Minister must issue to a person designated as forest officer under section 7 of the Act with a certificate of designation in the form of Form 1(A) as set out in Annexure 1 that must be shown to any interested person on demand.

3. Certificates of appointment as honorary forest officers

The Minister must issue to a person appointed as honorary forest officer under section 8 of the Act with a certificate of appointment in the form of Form 1(B) as set out in Annexure 1 that must be shown to any interested person on demand.

4. Certificates of designation or appointment as licensing officers

The Minister must issue to a person designated or appointed as licensing officer under section 9(1) or (2) of the Act with a certificate of designation or appointment in the form of Form 2 as set out in Annexure 1 that must be shown to any interested person on demand.

5. Documents to be attached to application for licence under sections 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 33 of Act

(1)Subject to sections 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 33 of the Act, applications are made on Forms 7 and 10 set out in Annexure 1 and are submitted with-
(a)written permission from the land owner where forest produce is to be vested by a person other than the owner;
(b)permission letter from the Traditional Authority where forest produce is to be harvested on communal land other than classified forest areas;
(c)written permission from the chairperson of a conservancy where forest produce is to be harvested from the farm that is part of a Conservancy; and
(d)proof of ownership of the farm if the applicant is a farm owner.
(2)All applicants must submit certified copies of any one of the following identification documents such as-
(a)an identity document;
(b)an Electoral Commission of Namibia voter card;
(c)a passport; or
(d)a driving licence.
(3)The forest officer must carry out a forest resource inspection after the application for licence has been received and compile a forest resource inspection report in a form of Form 11 as set out in Annexure 1.

6. Constitution, functions and procedures of management authority and fire management area

(1)The management authority of a community forest consists of not more than 20 members, including-
(a)a chairperson;
(b)a deputy-chairperson;
(c)a treasurer;
(d)a deputy-treasurer;
(e)a secretary;
(f)a deputy-secretary; and
(g)an advisor,
as members of the executive committee.
(2)A person to be elected as a member of the management authority must-
(a)be at least 18 years of age; and
(b)have any customary land rights in respect of such community.
(3)In addition to the general requirements referred to in subregulation (2), candidates for the treasurer, secretary, deputy-treasurer and deputy-secretary must have a minimum qualification of a passed symbol for grade 8 and be able to read and write in English.
(4)A term of office of the elected members of the management authority is three years and a member may be re-elected after the expiry of that term.
(5)A person may not, for purposes of subregulation (1), be appointed to or removed from office unless specifically provided for as set out in the management plans.
(6)The responsibilities and powers of a community forest committee are as provided for in the existing documents of a community forest such as the management plan and other agreements between the Minister and the respective management body.
(7)The functions of management authority of a community forest are-
(a)to manage the community forest according to the management plans;
(b)to develop a constitution of the authority with the consent of the Director which must include-
(i)a preamble;
(ii)the name and address of the community forest or fire management area;
(iii)the structure of fire management committee;
(iv)the goals and objectives;
(v)the operating principles;
(vi)the membership and beneficiaries;
(vii)the rights and obligations of general members;
(viii)holding of meetings of committees, subunits and general meetings;
(ix)financial management;
(x)liability for fire damage;
(xi)property;
(xii)dispute resolution;
(xiii)dissolution of the fire management body;
(xiv)amendment of constitution; and
(xv)adoption of constitution; and
(c)to establish a fire crew team for the fire management area.

7. Requirements for marking of forest produce

(1)Timbers derived from indigenous species, imported or harvested locally, must have a mark affixed to it.
(2)The mark to be affixed on timber derived from indigenous species under subsection (1) is a triangle shaped metal marking hammer with dimensions 25mm x 25mm x 25mm and contains the following information-
(a)top part: office identification number with a letter size of 5mm x 5mm;
(b)middle part: abbreviation of the forestry region, two letters with a letter size of 5mm x 5mm; and
(c)lower part: the abbreviation “NAM” with a letter size of 5mm x 5mm.

8. Measures to be taken for forest protection, prevention of fires and protection of soil and water resources

(1)A person involved in fire cutline construction must take measures for forest protection, prevention of fires and protection of soil and water resources and in so doing, be trained by an authorised forest officer.
(2)During the construction of fire cutlines, no fire is used.
(3)Fire cutlines have a minimum width of 15 meters.
(4)Fire cutlines is constructed within or surrounding a fire hazardous area.
(5)A fire cutline has to be connected to a natural or mandate barrier with minimum width of 15 metres.
(6)Fire cutlines are constructed right after the end of the rainy season.
(7)An area of at least 15 meters around a burning kiln should be cleared of any flammable materials with the exception of trees during the production of charcoal.
(8)A person engaged in the production of charcoal must ensure that-
(a)fire fighting equipment are on site; and
(b)where kilns are lit there is constant supervision by an authorised officer or any other person so delegated.
(9)A person who causes a fire to spread and causes damage to any property or forest resources must pay compensation to a person who suffers damage as a result of that fire.
(10)A member of the committee dealing with fire management or an authorised officer may require any person to assist in controlling or extinguishing of a fire which is likely to cause damage to properties, lives and any natural resource.
(11)A person who applies for the controlled burning for the purpose of bush control or the removal of old overgrown grass must inform all neighbours in writing and obtain written approval from the neighbours 24 days before the burning is done.
(12)A person in charge of a controlled burning as contemplated in subregulation (11) must-
(a)light the fire only after a cutline of at least three metres surrounding the intended area to be burnt is constructed;
(b)the fire is lit from three sides of the area at the same time and is allowed to burn to the centre, while the fourth side serves as an escape route for animals;
(c)make available on site sufficient fire fighting equipment and labour when the area is to be burnt; and
(d)ensure that no burning is done when the day temperature is exceeding 25 degrees Celsius or wind exceeding 20 kilometres per hour or in combination thereof during the months of April to July.
(13)A person may not dispose of flammable material near or within a classified forest, protected area, forest management area or fire hazard area.
(14)A person who through any resources utilisation activities may cause damage to any piece of land or vegetation through resources utilisation or any activities that may cause damage to the environment must enter into a rehabilitation agreement, prior to the execution of such activities, with the forestry authority on rehabilitation measures that may be employed-
(a)during the execution of such activities; or
(b)immediately after the termination of such activities.
(15)A rehabilitation agreement referred to in subregulation (1) must specifying what tree species are to be planted, at what density, the time frame in which the activities must take place, and what mechanisms is to be put in place.

9. Recording and reporting of information on use of forests and forest produce

(1)A holder of a licence for the removal of forest produce must report on the species and actual quantity of the forest produce removed when submitting the next licence application or at the end of the financial year in the form of Form 20 of Annexure 1.
(2)For purposes of clearing by burning, rehabilitating or planting the holder of a licence must report on the area cleared by burning, rehabilitated or planted when submitting the next licence application or at the end of the financial year in the form of Form 21 of Annexure 1.

10. Access to state forest reserves and activities which may be undertaken in state forest reserves

(1)A person with access to state forest reserves may not-
(a)cultivate in the state forest; and
(b)introduce alien plant species or any invasive plant into state forest.
(2)Local communities must obtain authorisation to carry out activities in the state forest such as harvesting of timber, collection of firewood, honey, wild fruits and medical plants as well as any other activities of similar nature within and affecting a state forest in the form of Forms 8 to 16 as set out in Annexure 1.
(3)The number of animals may not exceed the carrying capacity of the piece of land allocated for grazing purposes.
(4)The carrying capacity has to be determined every year as it is currently dependant on the amount of edible grass or shrubs available on a piece of land for a specific year.
(5)The carrying capacity has to be determined every year as it is currently dependant on the amount of rainfall for a specific season.
(6)The formula for carrying capacity for cattle =
(7)Formula explanationkg/ha= dry mass of grass per hectare0.35 = utilisation factor10kg = amount of dry grass matter consumed by an adult cow per day 365 number of days per year.
(8)To determine the carrying capacity for sheep, the stocking rate is multiplied by six.

11. Certification of forest produce and conditions of production and harvesting

(1)A company, accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) a council established as a legal entity in February 1994 in Mexico, may certify a forest produce to be traded within or outside Namibia.
(2)A land user who wishes his or her forest produce to be certified for trade within or outside Namibia by a company contemplated in subregulation (1) may do so on voluntary basis on application to such company.

12. Harvesting, transportation, processing, sale, importation, transit, and exportation of forest produce and issuing of permits, licences and other documents required for those activities

(1)A person is not authorised to harvest, transport, sell, market, transit, export or import forest produce without a valid licence for harvesting or permit for transport, marketing, transit, export or import as set out in the form of Forms 12 to 16 as set out in Annexure 1.
(2)A person with a general dealers licence is exempted from having a marketing licence however he or she must be able to prove that such forest produce was obtained legally by producing copies of the third party’s harvesting licence, marketing licence and transport permit issued under the Act.
(3)A person may not export any unprocessed forest produce, including semi-processed planks unless authorised by the Director for special purposes such as research, education, cultural and disease identification for which relevant documents are to be provided as a pre-requisite.
(4)The true copy of a licence issued under this regulation must accompany the forest produce in respect of which it is issued until the forest produce is processed or exported and must be produced on request to any authorised officer.
(5)A person intending to transport imported forest produce must, at the port of entry into Namibia or the nearest forestry office, apply for an import permit and produce the export permit from the country where the forest produce has been exported.
(6)A person may not be issued with a marketing licence, transporting or exporting permit without a harvesting licence, receipt of procurement or any other proof of obtaining forest produce certified by the relevant authorising officers.
(7)A person may not farm or trade with honey producing organisms unless authorised to do so in the form of Forms 8 and 9 as set out in Annexure 1.
(8)Except where honey producing organisms are fed, a person may not harvest during the months of September to December of each year.

13. Plants or species of any plant declared to be protected plants

(1)The conditions under which a protected plant or plant species are conserved, cultivated, used or destroyed by any person are as follows:
(a)Endemism - 100% of individuals belonging to that taxon occur within the borders of Namibia;
(b)Near Endemic - at least 75% of the individuals belonging to that taxon occur within the borders of Namibia;
(c)Restricted range - Records exist in ≤ 32 Quarter Degree Squares (QDSs), which are not necessarily adjacent;
(d)Ecosystem Services (ES) - The species provides important Ecosystem Services such as preventing soil erosion in riverbeds, stabilizing river banks and river beds, or is widely regarded as a keystone species;
(e)Value - economic, scientific or cultural;
(f)Extent of use (EU) - heavily utilized species or subject to unsustainable harvesting;
(g)Regeneration rate - Slow or episodic recruitment, few numbers of individuals germinating naturally or through propagation;
(h)Population size - low number of individual plants in a specific area.
(2)The plant or plant species that are declared as protected species are listed in Annexure 2.

14. Identification document and apparel of authorised officers

(1)The identification document contains-
(a)on the face of the document-
(i)the coat of arms of the Republic of Namibia;
(ii)the name of the Ministry;
(iii)the name and logo of the Directorate;
(iv)the name of the authorized officer;
(v)the post designation of authorized officer;
(vi)the ID number of the authorized officer;
(vii)a passport sized photo of the authorized officer; and
(viii)the duty station or area of jurisdiction; and
(b)on the back side of the document, the disclaimer information.
(2)The apparel is in the form of an approved uniform worn by the authorised officer, and the epaulettes must contain-
(a)the name of the Ministry;
(b)the coat of arms of the Republic of Namibia; and
(c)the name of the Directorate

15. Places where animals can be detained and manner in which animals can be seized and detained

(1)An animal seized and detained as contemplated in section 44(2) of the Act is detained on the classified forest in a pound that meets the following specifications-
(a)the fence is made of material that does not cause any injury to the animal;
(b)water and food are available in the pound;
(c)the pound is kept clean to prevent the spreading of pests and diseases;
(d)the number of animals to be kept in a pound is determined by the size and type of animal, and the area needed per animal for large stock is between 0.30 and 1.60 square metres and between 0.20 and 0.40 square metres for small stock;
(e)the pound is properly secured to prevent animals from escaping; and
(f)the pound is located at a place of easy access and has a loading bay for loading the animals.
(2)A person claiming the stray animal must produce a receipt, original stock card or national identification document during collection of the strayed animal.
(3)A pound master is first appointed before an animal is seized or detained, and a stray animal-
(a)is reported to the pound master; and
(b)is registered and a certificate in the form of Form 18 as set out in Annexure 1 is issued.
(4)The pound master-
(a)is not accountable for any loss or death of an impounded animal unless such circumstances arise as a result of gross negligence of such pound master;
(b)must take proper care of an impounded animal;
(c)must make sure that an impounded animal is not be abused, misused or used whilst impounded; and
(d)must report sick and dead animals to Veterinary Services and the cost incurred are to be recovered from the owner of the animal.

16. Costs payable under section 44(3) for seizing and detaining animals

The fees payable for seized and detained animals are set out in Annexure 3, Schedule 5.

17. Fees for application made in terms of section 27, 28, 29, 30 or 33 and other fees payable under Act

The fees payable as contemplated in section 27, 28, 29, 30 or 33 of the Act are set out in Annexure 3, Schedules 6 and 7.

18. Establishment of State forest reserves, regional forest reserves and forest management areas and protected areas

The form and manner in which an application for establishing a State forest reserve, regional forest reserve and forest management area or protected area is in the form of Form 3 as set out in Annexure 1.

19. Establishment of community forests

An application for establishing a community forest, a community forest agreement and a certificate of declaration as community forest are in the form of Forms 4, 5 and 6 as set out in Annexure 1, respectively.

20. Offences and penalties

A person who contravenes or fails to comply with-
(a)any of these regulations; or
(b)any condition attached to a licence,
commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding N$5 000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

21. Appeal to Minister

An appellant may appeal to the Minister against the decision of the Director or licensing officer as described in section 47 (1) of the Act in the form of Form 19 as set out in Annexure 1.

ANNEXURE 1

FORMS

[Editorial note: The forms have not been reproduced.]

ANNEXURE 2 (Sections 22/Regulation 13)

PROTECTED PLANT SPECIES

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

Forest Act, 2001 (Act No. 12 of 2001)

List of protected species:
Species nameCommon names (English)Reasons to be protected
Acacia erioloba E. Mey.Camel-thornEU1 (Heavily utilized by humans and animals - medicinal, cash crop, unsustainable harvesting of fuel wood for export) slow growth rate, cultural value, economic value, ES (keystone species)
Acacia nigrescens Oliv.Knob-thornEU (Used by humans and animals - wood used for construction, utensils, fuel, tanning, browsed by game), ES (retains river banks)
Acanthosicyos horridus Welw. ex Hook.f.NaraCultural and economic value, ES (Dune stabiliser)
Adansonia digitata L.baobabES2:(Keystone species) EU (heavily utilised by humans and animals)
Adenia pechuelii (Engl.) HarmsElephants-footEU (unsustainable harvesting for horticultural trade), slow growth rate, Slow and/or episodic recruitment
Adenium boehmanium SchinzBushman poisonEU (unsustainable harvesting for horticultural trade)
Afzelia quanzensis Welw.Pod mahoganyEU (Extensively used by humans and animals-curios, medicinal, timber, potential as ornamental trees, browsed by animals), slow growth rate, Restricted range.
Albizia anthelmintica (A.Rich.) Brongn.Worm-cure albiziaEU (Utilized by humans and animals - medicinal, utensils, browsed by livestock and game)
Aloe dichotoma MassonQuiver treeEU (unsustainable harvesting for horticultural trade), Slow growth rate, Cultural value, Slow and/or episodic recruitment
Aloe pillansii L. GuthrieGiant quiver treeSlow growth rate, Restricted range, Slow and/or episodic recruitment
Aloe ramosissima PillansMaiden’s quiver treeSlow growth rate, Restricted range, Slow and/or episodic recruitment
Baikiaea plurijuga HarmsZambezi teak or Rhodesian teakEU (heavily utilised for timber, implements, utensils, wood carvings)
Berchemia discolour (Klotzsch) Hemsl.Bird-plumEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals)
Boscia albitrunca (Burch.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.Shepherd’s treeEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals)
Burkea africana Hook.BurkeaEU (heavily utilised by humans - timber, firewood, implements)
Caesalpinia merxmeullerana A. Schreib.Orange-river caesalpiniaRestricted range
Citropsis daweana Swingle & M. Kellerm. EU (Wild crop relative - genetic resource), Restricted range
Colophospermum mopane (J. Kirk ex Benth.) J. Kirk ex J. LéonardMopaneEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals (browse and forage) - charcoal, timber, fuel wood, construction, medicine, host to important edible caterpillar), slow growth rate, cultural value
Combretum imberbe WawraLeadwoodEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - fuel wood, construction material, implements, illegally harvested for charcoal, other purposes, browse, shade) Cultural value, Extremely slow growth rate.
Commiphora capensis (Sond.) Engl.Namaqua corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Commiphora cervifolia J.J.A.van der WaltAntler-leaved corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Commiphora dinteri Engl.Namib corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade)
Commiphora gariepensis SwanepoelOrange River corkwoodRestricted range
Commiphora giessii J .J. A. van der WaltBrown-stemmed corkwoodRestricted range
Commiphora gracilifrondosa Dinter ex J. J. A. van der WaltKaree corkwoodRestricted range, EU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Commiphora kraeuseliana HeineFeather-leafed corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Commiphora namaensis SchinzNama corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade)
Commiphora oblanceolata SchinzSwakopmund corkwoodVery small, widely scattered populations, Restricted range
Commiphora saxicola Engl.Rock corkwoodEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade)
Commiphora virgata Engl.Slender corkwoodValue (cultural - host to edible caterpillar)
Commiphora wildii Merxm.Oak-leaved corkwoodEU (resin for perfume), Value (cultural - perfume)
Cyphostemma bainesii (Hook. F.) Desc.Gouty vineEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Cyphostemma currorii (Hook. F.) Desc.KobasEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade)
Cyphostemma juttae (Dinter & Gilg) Desc.Blue kobasEU (illegally harvested for horticultural trade), Restricted range
Cyphostemma uter (Exell &Mendonça) Desc.Kaoko kobasRestricted range
Dialium engleranum Henriq.Kalahari podberryEU (Extensively used by humans - fruit an important part of diet of San and Kavango peoples, medicinal, timber, implements)
Diospyros mespiliformis Hochst. Ex A.DC.Jackal-berryEU (Heavily utilised by humans and animals - important fruit tree, timber, cash crop, utensils, watos, fuel wood, medicinal, fruit eaten by animals and frugivorous birds), slow growth rate.
Elephantorrhiza rangei HarmsKaras elephant-rootRestricted range and habitat
Entandrophragma spicatum (C.DC) SpragueOwambo wooden-bananaCultural value, slow growth rate, Restricted range
Erythrina decora HarmsNamib coral-treeSmall populations scattered over wide area, Cultural value, potential horticultural value
Euclea asperrima Friedr.-Holzh.Mountain guarriRestricted range
Euclea pseudebenus E. Mey. Ex A. Dc.Wild ebonyES (Keystone species, prevent erosion of water courses), Slow growth rate
Faidherbia albida (Delile) A.Chev.Ana treeES (Important component of riparian fringe, prevents erosion of river beds, Keystone species), EU (heavily utilised by stock and game, important shade tree in arid west).
Ficus burkei (Miq.) Miq.Strangler figEU (fruit for humans and animals), Restricted range
Ficus cordata Thunb.Namaqua rock-figEU (fruit for humans and animals)
Ficus sycomorus L.Sycamore figEU (fruit for humans and animals)
Guibourtia coleosperma (Benth.) J. LéonardFalse mopaneEU (Heavily utilised by humans and animals - food, cash crops, very important shade tree, timber, watos, utensils)
Hyphaene petersiana Klotzsch ex Mart.Makalani palmEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - utensils, basketry, thatching, fuel, ropes, palm wine, food)
Kirkia dewinteri Merxm. & HeineKaoko kirkiaRestricted range
Lannea discolor (Sond.) Engl.Live-longEU (used by humans and animals), Restricted range
Maerua schinzii PaxRingwood treeEU (heavily used by humans and animals), slow growth rate
Moringa ovalifolia Dinter & A.BergerPhantom treeEU (heavily used by humans and animals - horticultural value, browse, tourism)
Neoluederitzia sericeocarpa SchinzSilk-seed bushRestricted range
Ozoroa concolor (C. Presl. Ex Sond.) De WinterGreen resin-bushRestricted range, scattered distribution
Ozoroa namaquensis (Sprague) Von Teichman & A. E. vanWykGariep resin-treeRestricted range
Pachypodium lealii Welw.Bottle treeSlow growth rate, EU (unsustainable harvesting for horticulture trade)
Pachypodium namaquanum (Wyley ex Harv.) Welw.Elephant-trunkSlow growth rate, EU (unsustainable harvesting for horticulture trade), Restricted range
Pappea capensis Eckl. & Zeyh.Jacket-plumES (Keystone species, prevents erosion in rivers), EU (utilised by humans and animals - important shade tree, edible fruit, browsed)
Philenoptera violacea (Klotzsch) SchrireApple-leaf, rain treeES (important component of riparian and floodplain canopy) EU (utilised by humans and animals - fences, watos, medicines, browse, fodder)
Protea gaguedi J. F. Gmel.African white proteaRestricted range, EU (heavily utilised by humans - medicinal overharvesting of roots)
Pterocarpus angolensis DC.African teak, kiaatValue (economic), EU (heavily utilised for timber, implements, utensils, wood carvings)
Salix mucronata subsp. capensis (Thunb.) ImmelmanSmall-leaved willow, river willowES (stabilisation of river banks, shade), EU (Heavily utilised by humans - overharvesting for fuel wood, potentially threatened), Restricted range
Schinziophyton rautanenii (Schinz) Radcl.-Sm.MankettiEU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - utensils, curios, musical instruments, timber, shade, fruit a very important food and cash crop)
Schotia afra (L.) Thunb. var.angustifolia (E. Mey.) Harv.Karoo schotiaEU (Utilised by humans for wood), Restricted range
Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich.) Hochst.MarulaEU (Heavily utilised by humans and animals for fruit, shade, browse, medicines, wood).
Searsia lancea (L. F.) F. A. BarkleyKareeES (Prevent erosion of river banks)
Sesamothamnus benguellensis Welw.Kaoko sesame-bushEU (Illegally harvested for the horticultural trade), slow growth rate, Restricted range
Sesamothamnus guerichii (Engl.) E. A. BruceHerero sesame-bushEU (Illegally harvested for the horticultural trade), slow growth rate
Sesamothamnus leistneri Giess ex Ihlenf., ined.Large-leaved sesame-bushEU (Illegally harvested for the horticultural trade), slow growth rate, Restricted range
Spirostachys africana Sond.TambotiEU (Heavily utilised by humans - timber)
Sterculia africana (Lour.) FioriAfrican star-chestnutEconomic value (tourism and horticulture) EU (utilised by humans - medicinal and food)
Sterculia quinqueloba (Garcke) K. Schum.Large-leaved sterculiaEconomic value (tourism and horticulture), restricted habitat
Strychnos cocculoides BakerCorky monkey-orangeEconomic value (cash crop), EU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - fruit)
Strychnos potatorum L. F.Black bitterberryES (Important component of river and flood plain vegetation) EU (utilised by humans (fish poison, shade) and animals (food and shade), Restricted range.
Strychnos pungens Soler.Spine-leaved monkey-orangeEconomic value (cash crop), EU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - fruit, medicinal)
Strychnos spinosa Lam.Spiny monkey-orangeEconomic value (cash crop), EU (heavily utilised by humans and animals - fruit and furniture), Restricted range
Tamarix usneoides E. Mey. ex BungeWild tamariskES (prevents erosion of river beds and river banks, important component of riparian vegetation), EU (browsed by game)
Tylecodon paniculatus (L. F.) ToelkenSouthern botterboomEU (unsustainable harvesting - horticultural trade), Restricted range
Welwitschia mirabilis Hook f.WelwitschiaCultural value, scientific value, economic value (tourism)
Ziziphus mucronata Willd.Buffalo-thornES (prevents erosion of river beds and river banks, important component of riparian vegetation) EU (Utilized by humans and animals - medicinal, construction, implements, fuel wood, browsed by livestock and game
1EU = Extend of use2:ES = Ecosystem Services

ANNEXURE 3 (Regulation 17)

FEES FOR FOREST PRODUCE

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

Forest Act, 2001 (Act No. 12 of 2001)

SCHEDULE 1

Timber and poles

Forest productTree speciesPrice (N$)(Commercial)Price (N$)(Own use)
Timber (sawlogs, >45 cm (dbh) Living tree
Dead tree (dry)
 
Timber from protected Commercial speciesPterocarpus angolensisBaikiaea plurijugaBurkea africanaGuibourtia coleospermaColophospermum mopaneCombretum imberbeN$200 (living)
N$150 (dry)
per tree
 
Timber from non-protected tree species N$100 (living)
N$80 (dry)
per tree
 
Timber from exotic tree speciesEucalyptus species and othersN$100 per tree 
Poles
PolesColophospermum mopaneTerminalia sericeaAcacia erioloba Baikiaea plurijugaBurkea africana15-30 cm (dbh)
N$15 each
N$10 each
40 Poles free
>40 poles
N$5 each
Rafters 2-3 cm in diameter
N$5 per bundle of 10
100 rafters free
>100 rafters N$1per bundle of 10
Droppers 3-6 cm in diameter
N$2 per dropper
100 droppers free
>100 droppers N$0.50
Exotic poles (15-30cm) (treated)Eucalyptus species and others1.6 m N$10 each
1.8 m N$15 each
2.1 m N$20 each
2.4 m N$25 each
2.7 m N$30 each
3.0 m N$35 each
3.5 m N$40 each
 
Exotic Poles (15-30cm) (un-treated)Eucalyptus species and others1.6 m N$5 each
1.8 m N$8 each
2.1 m N$10 each
2.4 m N$12 each
2.7 m N$15 each
3.0 m N$20 each
3.5 m N$25 each
 
Removal of trees for development
Live or dry treeAll tree species except invasive bush speciesN$200 live tree
N$150 dry tree
 

SCHEDULE 2

Firewood

Definition: Firewood means any wood not serviceable or saleable otherwise than for use as fuel. The price to be charged is for firewood or wood for charcoal production, collected for commercial purposes within communal land, i.e. for sale or if it is more than one tonne for own use.
QuantityPrice (N$) - CommercialPrice (N$) - Own use
BundleN$4 eachFree
1 tonne or m3N$60First tonne free. >1tonne N$30 per tonne
Wood for charcoal production (for bush control purposes only)N$100 per tonne of wood used 
Note: Local community members reside in the area referred to in sections 33(1) of the Act are allowed to collect firewood for their own use up to 1 tonne or 1m3 [1m3] free of charge. Everyone transporting firewood outside the local area is required to have a permit. A local area here refers to the traditional authority area from which the letter of consent accompanying the application comes from.

SCHEDULE 3

Nursery seedlings

[capitalisation replicated as in Government Gazette; obvious spacing errors corrected]
Type of seedlingQuantityPrice
Indigenous
Ornamental1N$10
Fruit tree1N$8
Non-fruit tree1N$10
Non-fruit tree for AfforestationFirst 100 seedlingsN$5 each
Additional Seedlings in excess of 100N$3 each
Protected plant species1N$10
Grafted plant1N$20
Exotic
Ornamental1N$10
Fruit tree such as mango, banana, citrus, paw-paw, grapes, guava, etc1N$10
Other fruit tree1N$8
Non-fruit tree1N$6
Non-fruit tree for afforestationFirst 100 seedlingsN$5
Additional Seedlings in excess of 100N$4
Grafted fruit tree1N$25
Mango fruit tree1N$8
Lemon fruit tree1N$4
Guava fruit tree1N$4
Oranges/Naartjies fruit tree1N$8
Paw-Paw fruit tree1N$10
Grape fruit tree1N$10

SCHEDULE 4

Commercial crafts and curios

Type of product [not bold in GG]UnitPrice
Ornamental dry roots, curios1 TonneN$200
Note: The charges per unit product should be issued with transport permit. Charges are only applicable to local products. Products on transit are excluded from these charges.

SCHEDULE 5

Fees for impounded animals

Type of feeStock typeAmount
DetentionLarge stockN$2.50 per animal per day
Small stockN$1 per animal per day
GrazingLarge stockN$3.75 per animal per day
Small stockN$1.50 per animal/ per day
FeedingLarge stockN$30 per animal per day
Small stockN$5 per animal per day
HerdingLarge stockN$100 per day
Small stockN$100 per day
Transport (Truck)Large stockN$25 per km
Small stockN$25 per km
Transport (Light Delivery Vehicle)Large stockN$10 per km
Small stockN$10 per km

SCHEDULE 6

Service fee for permits

[capitalisation replicated as in Government Gazette]
Type of permitValidityService fee
Harvesting permit (Commercial Area)3 monthsN$60
Harvesting permit (Communal Area)7 daysN$20
Harvesting permit (Own use)3 daysN$10
Marketing permit (Commercial Area)3 month[s]N$60
Marketing permit (Communal Area)1 monthN$20
Transport permit (Commercial)7 daysN$20
Transport permit (own use)3 daysN$10
Export permit (Commercial) for value added forest products7 daysN$20 per tonne up to 10 tonnes, N$5 for each additional tonne per consignment
Export permit (Commercial) for raw forest products7 daysN$50 per tonne up to 10 tonnes, N$20 for each additional tonne per consignment
Export permit (Own use - up to 1 ton)7 daysN$20
Import permit7 daysN$20
Transit permit4 daysN$50

Honey producing organisms permits

Type of permitValidityService fee per permit
Farming permitUp to a maximum of 12 monthsN$10 per hive
Harvesting permitUp to a maximum of 1 monthN$20
Transport/removal of bees permit7 daysN$10
NOTE: Payment conditionsPayment must be presented with the permit application or at the time of permit issuing.

SCHEDULE 7

Other permits

Type of permitValidityService fee per permit
Grazing6 monthsN$30
Cultivation6 monthsN$30
Building construction6 monthsN$30
Roads construction6 monthsN$30
Mining activity6 monthsN$50
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History of this document

15 November 2017 this version
Consolidation
03 August 2015
13 July 2015
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