Presentation on theme: "FIRE Monitoring and Management in Zimbabwe"— Presentation transcript:
1FIRE Monitoring and Management in Zimbabwe Ntandokamlimu Nondo Environmental Management Agency Zimbabwe OCTOBER 2012 GABORONE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
2Fires in ZimbabweVeld fires threaten both forests and woodlands in most ecosystemsThis results in loss of both flora, fauna, human lives and property e.g., in ZimbabweIn lives were lost, hectares of land was destroyed and infrastructure worth US$ was lostIn 2012 as of September a total of 12 lives and over a hectares have been lost to fires
5Fire MonitoringFire monitoring is based on both remote sensing and ground data.The fire data is obtained from the AMESD fire station, while satellite images are downloaded from the internet.Daily fire alerts are generated from the fire station and sent out to various stakeholders.Weekly fire reports use the AMESD fire station data for fire incidences reporting and these are compared to ground collected data.
9Daily Active Fire Updates 2x Fire Danger1.Canadian FWI2.Low Veldt
10Weekly Fire Reports Validation of burnt Area MODIS image AFIS view of Active fires OctoberMODIS image
11Fire Risk ModellingFire risk modelling for the country is done using vegetation condition measured using NDVI and previous season fire occurrences.Decadal ndvi data is received at the fire station.The fire risk identifies the areas at risk to fires.
13Fireguard Demonstration Projects Various initiatives are done in fire prone areas tominimise fire risks.A total of 13 fireguard demonstration projects have been done throughout the country.These have a cumulative length kmThe fireguard project was replicated by a total of 1124 families.These projects have helped in protecting communities from fire and reducing the hectarage lost to fires
14Fireguard Demonstration Projects BeforeFireguard demonstration at Mangwe district in Matebeleland SouthAfter
16Research StudiesFire incidences and distance from road network study was done in 2011.A positive correlation of between 0 to 2 km in Mashonaland west.Data from fire station has also been availed to university students for their studies
17Future Plans Provide daily fire updates on the EMA website during the fire season.Connecting the fire station to all the provinces.Automated updates by and sms.Equipping fire fighting teams with fighting tools.Help towards meeting these goals will be most welcome.
18Community fire fighting teams training in Zimbabwe: Gutu District