The persistent and unprecedented drought in northwest Namibia continues to strike down livestock and wildlife in the SCIONA study area.
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As part of a Master of Health Sciences Research Project, the medical readiness of Game Rangers is evaluated in the Namibian austere environment. Surveys were conducted in Organizations and Game Rangers in the various regions in Namibia. SCIONA assisted with some data collection for this study.
Three SCIONA students performed field work in Iona National Park during the month of October 2019. This included a vegetation survey in the mountainous area near Iona village.
A PhD Student travelled from Windhoek to the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, University of Pretoria during the last two week of October 2019, to carry out a DNA extraction experiment.
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.
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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.