Savanna Fire Management Activities in Africa

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  • 2014•08•29     Namibia

    The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative (TKI) in conjunction with relevant partners including the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) co-hosted the following meetings:

    Prof. Opha Pauline Dube speaks at International Savanna Fire Management Initiative Southern Africa Regional Workshop, Namibia. Photo: UNU

    Prof. Opha Pauline Dube speaks at International Savanna Fire Management Initiative Southern Africa Regional Workshop, Namibia. Photo: UNU

    These activities form part of the UNU-IAS TKI’s International Savanna Fire Management Initiative, a specific research project supported by the Government of Australia. During the learning exchange, a selected group including Indigenous Australians travelled to areas in and around the Caprivi and Etosha National Parks, Namibia. Participants learned about the local fire management and social context and exchange information about experience in Africa and Australia.

    During the Southern African workshop, a selected group travelled to Swakopmund, Namibia. Key goals of the workshop included enhanced sharing of African and Australian savanna fire management experiences, gauging regional demand and capacity and identifying key regional partners. The field trip and workshop were essential to supporting the process of developing a regional feasibility assessment for the Southern Africa region, a key component of UNU’s International Savanna Fire Management Initiative.

    International fire experts study the fire history of North-east Namibia. Photo: UNU

    International fire experts study the fire history of North-east Namibia. Photo: UNU

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