It has been a busy few weeks in Skukuza, Kruger National Park for Dr Benjamin Wigley from who recently joined the SECOSUD II team. Dr Wigley helped to organize and facilitate a savanna plant functional trait workshop (27th – 29th February 2020) which brought together a group of scientists from the worlds different savannas to finalize and test some of the new and exciting functional traits that will be included in a new handbook that aims to standardize the sampling of plant functional traits that are especially relevant to savanna and grassland ecosystems.
During the International Savanna Networking Meeting held in Skukuza (1-5th March 2020), Dr Wigley presented the findings from research undertaken in Kenya which showed that the long-term removal of herbivores in semi-arid savanna resulted in a significant increase in soil carbon sequestration and surprisingly most of this soil carbon was derived from grasses not trees. This work has serious implications for large-scale tree planting programs (e.g. AFR100) which aim to plant up vast areas of African Drylands with trees. Dr Wigley also presented at the African Forestry and Wildlife Congress held in Skukuza from the 9-13th March 2020. In this presentation he outlined the findings from another study undertaken in Kruger National Park which outlined the importance of fires in savanna systems. This work showed that the removal of fire resulted in significant decreases in bark recovery in an iconic African tree species – the removal of fire resulted in increased colonization of damaged areas by ants which impeded bark recovery. Details of the published articles can be found below.
Wigley, B.J., Augustine, D.J., Coetsee, C., Ratnam, J. and Sankaran, M., 2020. Grasses continue to trump trees at soil carbon sequestration following herbivore exclusion in a semi‐arid African savanna. Ecology, p.e03008.
Wigley, B.J., Coetsee, C., Kruger, L.M., Ratnam, J. and Sankaran, M., 2019. Ants, fire, and bark traits affect how African savanna trees recover following damage. Biotropica, 51(5), pp.682-691.
From 24th to 27th of July 2017 the SECOSUD II Project has organised and executed an on-the-job training course for the personnel of the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering (UEM FAEF), of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) and of the Maputo Special Reserve (REM). This training was held in Maputo, at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), and has focused the replication of the Fire Management Methodology and Approach used by the Kruger National Park (KNP) for the Limpopo National Park (LNP).
Continue reading “Fire Management System for the Limpopo National Park – Training for the production of the Fire Scar Map”
We are pleased to announce that many of the partners who contributed to the Workshop held on June 22 and 23 have agreed to let us publish their presentations. Download links for each presentation (in PDF format) will be published as we get permission from the author to publish his material. Continue reading to download the presentations currently available.
Continue reading “SECOSUD II Workshop on the Integration of the 3 Rio Conventions – Presentations now available”
On June 22 and 23, SECOSUD II Project organized an international conference, held at the Auditorium 1501 in the Main Campus of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, and focused on the integration of the three UN Conventions on environment (CBD, UNCCD, UNFCCC) in the SADC countries.
The event, attended by around 150 participants and with great media attention, focused on the dual objective of presenting academic and institutional experience from Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Italy towards the definition of instruments and approaches that can contribute transversally to achieve the common goals of the so-called three Rio Conventions (biodiversity, fight against desertification and climate change), and at the same time bringing together the main partners of the initiative to synchronize the actions and maximize the synergies for future programming.
Continue reading “SADC decision-makers, donors and scientists brought together to discuss environmental conservation”