Etosha Centennial Symposium
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.
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