Nyae Nyae Conservancy continues to manage fire to protect their precious resources
It has been a devastating year for conservancies that are largely been dependent on tourism and Trophy Hunting for the income. Global travel bans and quarantines have meant that conservancies are struggling to cover their costs and maintain their activities. Add the threat of wild and veld-fires to the mix and 2020 could turn into a dramatic year for the conservancies. However, the careful fire-management activities in the conservancies over the last few years, including this year have meant that the impact and damage caused by the all-consuming fires isn’t as great as it used to be. The conservancies and its people are to be highly commended for their pro-active activities in battling fires and protecting the land before the fires have a chance to burn.
However, some activities are too important to stop and with the support of EIF, the Nyae Nyae Conservancy has continued to manage the fuel build up in the area during 2020, and reduce the chance of late hot fires that have in the past destroyed villages, grazing and other precious natural resources. It is essential that the fire-management programme is carried out. This year, when the community are even more dependent on their local resources such as Devils Claw harvesting and other veld foods, local gardens and livestock, keeping devastating fires at bay is even more critical than ever.
The conservancy have been managing the fuel build up and fires for over 6 years now. At present each year approximately 10-20% of the conservancy area burns each year. This is still a sizeable amount, however nothing compared to the highs of 40-50% that it saw in 2010-2012 before the initiative started. This fire management programme is geared to protecting lives, resources and equipping the locals to fight the fires. It is a great success and has a major impact on the lives of those in the conservancies. It is a credit to the conservancy that it focuses on these issues when there are so many new challenges facing them this year.