Etosha Centennial Symposium

01 Feb 2010

Environmental scientists and researchers are convening near Etosha National Park on 28 – 30 June as part of the programme of commemorating the centenary of Etosha National Park.  The symposium will bring together many experts who over the years have conducted research in Etosha NP or other parks.

The Symposium, organized as part of the celebrations of the Park centenary, provides an opportunity for reflection on past achievements and future challenges.

Among topics featuring prominently for discussions includes the human footprints on the park  and the  ungulate  assemblage  in Etosha  with major focus  on black  rhino.  The ecology of big cats  with  particular  reference  to perspectives   on   evolution   and   conservation   and   identifying   effective intervention for wild land conservation, is one of the prominent issues on the agenda.

Elephant conservation is one issue  which  is expected  to generate  debate particularly given pressing issues of human wildlife conflicts. The participants will also reflect on  vegetation  changes  caused  by  elephants  particularly around waterholes, and future management needs and options.

The  management  of  anthrax  in  the  park  and  its  wider  applications  and benefits will be reviewed.   A new anthrax study in Etosha will be presented. Other  issues  for  discussions  include  rhino  conservation  genetics  and  the debate  on  whether  grazer  needs  trees.  Population dynamics of  zebras,

All official correspondence must be addressed to the Permanent Secretary springbok and wildebeest in Etosha and the intricacies of spotted hyenas will form part of the three day meeting.

Researchers   will   also   present   pastoralists’   perception   and   realities   of vegetation change and browse consumption in the northern Kalahari, Namibia as  well  as  the  movement  patterns  and  home  ranges  of  GPS  collated elephants in northern Namibia.   Insight will be shared on social dominance, seasonal movements, spatial segregation in African elephants within the context of how that contributes to conservation behavior.

In reinforcing the importance of park neighbors, the symposium will have a presentation focusing on the importance of local level wildlife management to the livelihoods of the communal Ehirovipuka Conservancy inhabitants as an example.

Future tourism  potential  and developments  will be explored  to optimise  on Namibia’s scale of tourism attraction globally and potential lucrative market space  in  Europe,  America  and  Asia. A round table discussion will be conducted to look at future research directions for Etosha.

The Symposium precedes the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, One World, One Conservation, One Partnership, to be held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

About 100 delegates are expected to attend the symposium.

Contact Information

Linda Baker

Tel:    +264 61 2842569                                                                                

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Windhoek