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.
Game Count Trip in Sanitas-Kunene Region
Amidst the global pandemic, in North West Namibia, conservancies undertook their annual game count activities. Whereby, game guards and members from the various conservancies came together to undertake the counting of wildlife animals on particular routes that have previously been identified as relevant in the identification of wildlife population numbers in various conservancies.
As part of explorative and base assessment activities, from the 22 to 26 May 2020 three researchers from the SCIONA project joined the game count. The researchers were given several routes to undertake as part of the game count. During the undertaking of the routes, the researchers were able to observe and identify inadequacies within the game count processes, and at the same time the researchers were able to formulate recommendations and suggestions that ought to be implemented to enable more efficient and effective game count activities.
It ought to be noted that cautionary, social distancing and health protocols were adhered to during the count.
Date: July to December 2018
Date: June 2018 – January 2019
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.
A multidisciplinary SCIONA team travelled from Windhoek to Iona National Park in Angola during the second half of May 2019. Community workshops were held in and near the park: at Monte Negro near the border with Namibia, at Cambeno in the centre, and at Pediva just north of the park.
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.