Wood for Work is owned by Dirk Pretorius and although a young company the affiliation to SMC Synergy and experienced partners provides the foundation for the successful implementation of woody biomass management and value adding projects. This would be achieved through partnerships with academic, private as well as governmental institutions.
Mapping and prioritising of land degradation
Mapping and prioritising of land degradation through the use of geo-informatics, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) mapping system as well as field surveys.
Collecting of baseline data
Collecting baseline data for monitoring and evaluation using various sources – satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, fixed wing aircraft.
Partnerships with removal teams
Partnerships with woody biomass removal/thinning teams. We partnered with Eco Rhythm Management (www.ecorhythm.co.za) who has vast experience in rehabilitation management and community development programmes.
Evaluate and establish secondary industries
Evaluation and establishment of value adding/secondary industries (fire wood, charcoal, and biochar) is one of our main focus areas.
Capacity building and training
Capacity building and training through collaboration with academic institutions (North West University) and other service providers e.g. Eco Rhythm Management.
Assist in the development of practical guidelines
Assist in the development of practical guidelines, norms and standards for bush encroachment restoration in line with legislative and FSC principles.
Global Mapper is affordable and easy to use GIS software that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of GIS functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and mapping novices. Global Mapper is distributed by SMC Synergy and MBV Ubumbano in Africa. For more information visit: www.smc-synergy.co.za
Eco Rhythm Management (PTY) LTD
North West University
Mine Rehabilitation Practitioner