On 1 March 2019, after the first SCIONA Advisory Board Meeting, the Director for ISCED and the VC of NUST met to sign an additional addendum stating the dedication of both institutions for the SCIONA project and future engagements between the educational institutions.
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.
On February 26, 2019 the first SCIONA Advisory Board Meeting was held at Kleines Heim Guesthouse in Windhoek, Namibia. Members from NUST, ISCED, EU delegation of Namibia, Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia and the Ministry of Environment in Angola were all present.
As part of my PhD project my aim is to study the life cycle of all species of caterpillar that are edible in Namibia. These eggs were laid on 26 February 2019 and hatched today 7 March 2019. Their life cycle will be monitored, recorded and compared to other species of edible caterpillars.
A community engagement took place from the 20th to the 22nd of February 2019 in Okapare village, Epupa conservancy, northern Kunene. The workshop was opened by the host, Chief Muniovimuaha Muniombara, and attended by about 50 persons.
On 30 January 2019, two students from ISCED in Lubango, Angola arrived to begin their Masters of Natural Resource Management studies at NUST.
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.