Webinar Presenters

Navashni Govender

Senior Manager for Conservation, overseeing the implementation of biodiversity and conservation programs (rehabilitation, invasive species, resource use, etc.) in the Kruger National Park (KNP). One of my responsibilities is using fire as a tool for ecosystem management, developing fire policies, implementation of fire plans, monitoring and decisions supports systems for KNP. I am the co-chair of the Southern African Fire Network, serve as the Fire Protection Officer for the Greater Kruger Fire Protection Association and is a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University. I have over 20 years of experience as a savannah fire ecologist in South Africa, mainly burning in the Kruger National Park and with Working on Fire, an Expanded Public Works Program in South Africa.

Fire: A Friend or Foe

The importance of fire to support biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and livelihood within grasslands, rangelands and savanna is well documented.

However, current climate, land use, socio-economic and management changes has resulted in the suppression and inappropriate use of fire thereby leading more uncontrolled wildfires which are often regarded as disastrous, negative and harmful.

The presentation will highlight the collective understanding, knowledge and experiences from the Kruger National Park on how fire can be used and managed to improve ecological, social, and economic wellbeing within fire-dependent savanna ecosystem


Date: 19 January 2022

Time: 14h00 (SAST)

Venue: This webinar takes place virtually over Zoom. Each attendee will receive a unique access code.

Pre-Registration Essential


1 Attendee £50.00

2-4 Attendees £45.00 (10% discount)

5-9 Attendees £37.50 (25% discount)

10+ Attendees £25.00 (50% discount)



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