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Southern Africa Fire Network (SAFNET)

To execute and design projects, develop consensus algorithms and methodologies for fire product generation and validation, the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation team works with GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks in Eurasia, Asia, Africa, South and Latin America to bring together fire data providers, users and researchers operating in (or with an interest in) a common geographic area, and represents a link between national agencies, user groups and the global user/producer. The Southern African Fire Network is one of the global regional networks that foster collaborative efforts in fire monitoring and management in southern Africa.  SAFNet's goal is to achieve more effective and appropriate fire management policies and practices in southern Africa through the use of remote sensing and other geospatial information technology. SAFNet's purpose is to enhance the use of information from field observations and remote sensing of fires for natural resource management in southern Africa.

SAFNet is using small seed funding grants from System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) to conduct on a biannual basis regional network meetings to engage the fire user and management community to address regional and national concerns and issues, to provide a voice for regional and national needs and to foster lateral transfer of technology and methods concerning fire science and management within and between countries. The regular meetings aim further to bring together both the fire science and the practitioner community from the various SADC countries to foster future cooperation and advance dialogue in order to (i) highlight good practice examples, (ii) identify knowledge gaps and needs of both communities, and (iii) join forces and mutually support each regional fire management efforts.  The network meetings are being held on a rotational basis in the various SADC countries since 2000, with the last meeting being held in 2018 in Skukuza, Kruger National Park. 

US Contact Information

  1. Prof. David Roy
    Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence
    South Dakota State University
    Wecota Hall, Box 506B
    Brookings, SD 57007-3510
    Phone : (01) 605 688 5352
    Fax : (01) 605 688 5227
    Email :
    Skype: david.p.roy

Regional Contact Information

  1. Dr. Wisdom M Dlamini 

    Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Planning

    University of Eswatini
    Private Bag 4
    Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
    Email: /

  2. Mr. Ntando Nondo
    National Environmental Management Agency, Harare



  3. Ms. Navashni Govender

    South African National Parks

    Conservation Management - Kruger National Park

    P/Bag X402
    South Africa

  4. Judith Kamoto

    Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources




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