Multi-million rand Fynbos Fire Project launched

South African researchers will soon embark on a multi-million rand, internationally funded project, called the Fynbos Fire Project, to implement far reaching integrated fire management programmes in the Fynbos biome.

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According to the project coordinator, Tessa Oliver, the project comes at a time when there has been an increase in the duration and intensity of unwanted wild fire with a number of fires being either major or catastrophic fires that have resulted in the loss of life, livelihoods and natural resources. The Fynbos Fire Project, which is mainly being funded by a US$3,5 million grant (about R29 million) given by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Special Climate Change Fund, will run for three years.

Read the full story in the 20 July 2012 issue of FW.