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.
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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.
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.
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) student Albertina Fillipus participated in a recent field trip to northwest Namibia in September 2018. The trip was organised and funded by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), a local partner and stakeholder of the SCIONA (Co-designing conservation technologies in the Skeleton Coast – Iona Transfrontier Park) project. GCF’s programme in northwestern Namibia aims at conserving Namibia’s desert dwelling Angolan giraffe. Namibia’s northwest is one of the last remaining wildernesses on the continent and home to a plethora of desert-adapted wildlife including elephant, black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, and of course, giraffe. In the northwest, giraffe occur mainly along the westerly flowing ephemeral river systems on communal farmland that end in the Namib Desert of the protected Skeleton Coast Park.
Press release SCIONA
The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is proud to implement the project “Co-designing conservation technologies for Iona - Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Conservation Area” funded by the European Union with an approximate grant of approximately N$ 16 million (€ 1,095,570). The project aims to strengthen cross-border management and wildlife law enforcement by co-design and implementing conservation monitoring technologies with communities within the Iona - Skeleton transfrontier conservation area (TFCA) of Namibia and Angola. The study area contains Iona National Park in Angola, Skeleton Coast National Park and the adjacent Namibian communal conservancies, and is more than 40,000 km2 large. The project, baptised SCIONA, will be implemented over three years in co-operation with the Angolan partner, the Instituto Superior de Ciências de Educação da Huíla (ISCED), based in Lubango.