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NEWS

The persistent and unprecedented drought in northwest Namibia continues to strike down livestock and wildlife in the SCIONA study area.


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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Previous Events

Date: 01 Sep 2019 to 07 Sep 2019

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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