MEWT Hosts Fire Conference

| May 21, 2015

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, through the Department of Forestry and Range Resources, will hold its fourth national fire conference in Gaborone from May 26 to 28.

A news release from the ministry stated that the conference will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre from May 26 to 28.

The release said the conference aimed to strengthen implementation of fire management strategy, to sensitise stakeholders and communities on fire management, to enhance collaboration in management of cross border fires and to gauge Botswana’s preparedness towards managing wildland fires in 2015.

The release also stated that higher frequencies of wildland fires that were experienced in the past years have become a concern due to their negative impacts on the environment and people.

It said wildland fires were, however, needed to maintain healthy ecosystem and biodiversity of African savannah and grassland vegetation types which appear to be highly adapted to regular fire events.

It further says despite their positive impact as an integral part of the ecosystem, wildland fires can also have a detrimental effect on community livelihoods and wildlife as they can destroy crops, houses, kill livestock and people.

That, it said, might lead to forest and vegetation degradation and related biodiversity loss resulting in immediate and long term impacts on the livelihoods of local communities and upstream impacts on national and local economy.

The conference is expected to attract 250 participants from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as the main collaborator and mentor, New South Wales – Rural Fire Service (Australia)

There will also be an exhibition of fire management related products and equipment by different stakeholders.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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