Investigation of Income-Generating Opportunities from River Reeds for Mariental, Namibia Public
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Mariental, Namibia experienced a severe flood in 2006, and the Mariental Flood Task Force - concluded that the reeds need to be removed to reduce the flooding potential in the future. This report, prepared for the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, investigated the potential of using reeds for income-generating activities. We investigated the characteristics of the reeds in Mariental, the market potential for reed products, and evaluated the interest of the stakeholders in participating in an initiative using the reeds. The results showed the reeds have potential for such - activities. However, further research is necessary to determine the viability of this initiative. Several considerations should be addressed when starting this initiative in order to consider the opinions and concerns of the stakeholders.
- This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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