In Namibia, we were cleared for movement between regions on 31 July 2020. On the second of August we made our escape to the Skeleton Coast National Park to do some long-needed insect hunting for my PhD project housed under the SCIONA project.
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Despite the massive economic loss of Epupa conservancy communities, due to carnivores. Many still want to cohabit with the same carnivores that cause damage to their livestock and crop fields.
I was part of a three-week long dung beetle and lacewing collecting expedition to the Kaokoveld during April 2019. Our aim was to survey the selected groups in a north south transect. This expedition was partly funded by the SCIONA project.
As part of technology exploration and co-design, researchers led by Professor Heike Winschiers-Theophilus travelled to Epupa and Okanguati between the 20th - 26th of July.
Epupa and Okanguati are amongst the many conservancies in Namibia experiencing human-carnivore conflict. In an effort to conserve wildlife, hundreds of livestock are lost annually to leopard, cheetah, caracal, lions, jackals and crocodiles.
These field trip involves measuring of Welwitschia plants, an ecosystem indicator of the SCIONA study area.
Work with camp management and communities on how to maintain the camera traps.
Human Wildlife Conflict and Livelihoods household surveys in Epupa
Welwitschia, general incormation for managemenmt framework/baseline in SKNP, Orupembe, Sanitas and Okondjombo.
Focus Group discussion, co-design, technology deployment, technology network infrastructure deployment in Orupembe and Marienflus