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Humphrey, G.J. 2016. The role of humans in the complex fire, climate and vegetation regimes of North-East Namibia. Annual Research Report, 2015. Submitted to Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), 13th January 2016


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The role of humans in the complex fire, climate and vegetation regimes of North-East Namibia.

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The overall aim of this research is to explain the present vegetation pattern of the Kavango East and Zambezi Region in relation to anthropogenic influence, fire occurrences, and climate and vegetation feedbacks within Bwabwata National Park (BNP) in north-east Namibia. This study is designed to address factors influencing the present-day fire regime by developing an understanding of historical and present human land and fire use, vegetation and fire history, and climate variation over the last century. Preceding 1990, this area was subjected to three decades of war, inter - cultural conflict, deforestation, and resultant pressures over diminishing natural resources. In 1888, a policy of fire suppression was instated, and in 2006, early burning management strategies were implemented in the region. The success of these policies are largely undocumented. This report provides preliminary findings of social data research that took place between 2014 and 2015. Interviews were carried out in eight villages with the Khwe-San and the Mbukushu communities’ resident in BNP concerning traditional use of fire and current burning patterns. Twenty four Namibian stakeholders were interviewed about their perceptions the effects of a policy of fire suppression, and subsequent changing fire management strategies in the region. The final phase of data collection is scheduled to take place in February 2016 and will involve the collection of vegetation data in the park.

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