Interesting events, conferences, workshops, talks and discussions.  

Tool or disaster - logics and trade-offs behind wildfires in the Okavango basin

A presentation by Dr. Manfred Finckh.

The tropical dry forests, woodlands and savannahs in south-central Africa are among the most frequently burnt ecosystems in the world. The alarming losses of dry forests in central Angola during the past decade have just recently been highlighted in Science.

It is frequently stated that fire is important for the maintenance and conservation of African savannahs and that woodland ecosystems are adapted to it. However, for large parts of the forest-savannah transition zone the state of vegetation under a natural fire regime - and thus the naturalness of the current land cover types – is unknown.

Most studies dealing with the impact of fire in the dry tropics focus on rangeland management, but very few apply a forest ecologist’s view. Furthermore, there is still a profound lack of analyses about the time and motives behind man-made ignition events and the subsequent fire dynamics. The talk thus aims at disentangling the spatio-temporal fire patterns in order to understand their impact on vegetation and the logics and trade-offs behind wildfires in different parts of the Okavango basin.


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Posted: Dec 1, 2014

Wetlands in Namibia (documentary)

 A documentary film: Wetlands in Namibia, directed by R. Scott & A. Botelle. In English.

Namibia 2011, running time 61 min.

Namibia is a party to the Ramsar Convention since 1995 and has four wetlands listed as Ramsar Sites of International Importance. Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an intergovernmental treaty adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The treaty was established to provide the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their associated resources.


Time: 19:30

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Posted: Dec 16, 2014

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day will be celebrated in Namibia with an event in Lüderitz on 13 June 2015. The event will be held at the Waterfront, and will involve school learners undertaking activities aimed at raising awareness about the ocean. This event will also see the judging of learners’ artwork made from recycled materials.

Our oceans are bountiful; they help feed us, provide energy, regulate our climate, purify our water, help carry most of the world’s trade goods, and they inspire us. They are under threat from our activities however, and we need to do more to help conserve them. The theme for 2015 is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. We all depend directly or indirectly on our oceans. It is important to work together to ensure that our oceans remain healthy, thereby maintaining the health of our existence on the planet. In particular this year the focus is on plastic pollution. Not only are wildlife choking on plastic pollution, but our oceans are too, and the more we look into it the more we learn how plastic is harming our seas.

The harbour town of Lüderitz is situated adjacent to the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA). Together with the Lüderitz Peninsula, which falls within the biodiversity hotspot of the Succulent Karoo, this is the only area that is freely accessible to visitors, including the local population and tourists. This event is part of a project carried out by the Namibia Nature Foundation in collaboration with Namibian Dolphin project and African Penguin conservation project through the support of Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. to monitor the NIMPA and raise awareness about NIMPA and marine issues amongst schools.

Photo Credit: The Namibian Dolphin Project.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2015

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