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From 5th of September to 30th of October

An important aspect of SCIONA is understanding the wildlife of the area. This is not only for conservation, but wildlife are a key attraction for tourism, and discovering where they are can help with future tourism planning.


The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) reported a newborn giraffe calf in northwestern Namibia.


As part of the SCIONA Community Engagement activities, a SCIONA team embarked on a fieldtrip to conduct household surveys in   Epupa and Okanguati conservancies on the 1st to the 14th of September 2019. The team camped in both Epupa and Okanguati.


Dr Rolf Becker and Dr Vera De Cauwer represented the SCIONA team at the annual conference of the Arid Zone Ecological Forum from 7 to 11 November 2019 in Kimberley, South Africa.


A new Euphorbia species was found on a hill in the Skeleton Coast National Park by SCIONA team members during the scoping trip in May 2018. We are happy to announce that the description of the new Euphorbia rimireptans was recently published in Phytotaxa.


Previous Events

Date: 26 Jun 2019 to 06 Jul 2019

Wildlife camera traps used by community game guards

At the end of June 2019, a SCIONA team travelled to the Orupembe and Marienfluss conservancies in the Kunene Region. The co-design team met with local game guards from these conservancies. 

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Date: 06 Jun 2019 to 10 Jun 2019

Litterbags collection for the litter decomposition experiment begins in the Skeleton Coast National Park

 

A team of researchers and students travelled from Windhoek to the Skeleton Coast National Park during the first week of June 2019. The team went to collect the first set of litterbags that were deployed in the field end of March 2019. The aim of the experiment is to measure the rate of litter decomposition in a hyper-arid system.

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Date: 06 May 2019

Invitation to be part of the first MAPATHON in Namibia 

NUST – 06 and 13th May 2019 

What is a Mapathon? 

A Mapathon – also called mapping party- is a coordinated mapping event. The public is invited to make online map improvements in their local area to improve coverage. Mapathons use an online site for storing map data. Mapathons are often held inside (armchair mapping) in a room with strong Wi-Fi for simultaneous access, assisted by satellite imagery (Wikipedia). 

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAcsCmvG2hs 

Who can participate to the Mapathon? 

Anybody with GIS skills. The two best skills of a Mapathoner are (i) being smart in high resolution image interpretation and (ii) being meticulous in digitising. 

When and Where? 


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