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Eco-Sense Issue Issue #58
EcoSence issue 55
Education manual: Fire – wildfire awareness toolkit for educators

For many areas of the Western Cape, it is not a matter of if a wildfire is going to occur, but when. This wild-fire awareness toolkit covers topics around wildfires in the Western Cape, including wildfire risk, climate change, the rising costs of wildfire response and limitations to wildfire firefighting.

Effect of an intensive mechanical removal effort on a population of non-native rainbow trout in a SA headwater stream.

Invasions by non‐native species can compromise the conservation value of otherwise pristine headwater streams. While both developed and developing countries recognize this threat, few of the latter have suitable budgets to implement control programmes.

Shelton, J., Weyl, O., Van der Walt, J., Marr, S., Impson D., Maciejewski K., Dallas, H., Tye, D. and Esler, K. 2017.

Energy: LoveNature with Mbali

Join nature lover and conservationist Mbali as she covers all the relevant topics on energy, from Natural Sciences to Technology subject matter. Learn about what the energy chain is, what renewable and non-renewable energy sources are and even how electricity works! These videos are fully aligned to the curriculum of topics covered in the classroom. Available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Energy: LoveNature with Mbali _ Afrikaans

Join nature lover and conservationist Mbali as she covers all the relevant topics on energy, from Natural Sciences to Technology subject matter. Learn about what the energy chain is, what renewable and non-renewable energy sources are and even how electricity works! These videos are fully aligned to the curriculum of topics covered in the classroom. Available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Energy: LoveNature with Mbali _ isiXhosa

Join nature lover and conservationist Mbali as she covers all the relevant topics on energy, from Natural Sciences to Technology subject matter. Learn about what the energy chain is, what renewable and non-renewable energy sources are and even how electricity works! These videos are fully aligned to the curriculum of topics covered in the classroom. Available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Environmental authorisation for common farming activities _ English

A handy guideline for farmers indicating when one needs environmental authorisation for common farming activities.

Fire preparedness

It only takes one spark to start a wildfire that can quickly expand over thousands of hectares, endangering lives, properties, livelihoods and biodiversity. This is how you can prepare to be fire-ready.

Flipchart: fire awareness

There are two kinds of fire: useful fires and harmful (or dangerous) fires. We use useful fires to cook, keep us warm or braai. Harmful fires, on the other hand, can cause serious damage to lives and livelihoods, including causing the death of animals or burning down homes. 

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve info sheet