In a transboundary protected area in southern Africa, a long time series of burned area data was analyzed to characterize the fire regimes. The results were used for further ecological studies. 


The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park is a transboundary protected area shared by South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. During the dry season, fires regularly occur in the savannah landscape. Little is known on the impact of different fire regimes and management strategies in the Kruger National Park (South Africa) and the Limpopo National Park (Mozambique) on biodiversity. 

Solution approach 

To determine the fire regime, a time series of burned area data of the Northern Kruger National Park and the Limpopo National Park was analysed. The results were made available to the national park administrations. In field surveys, the project partners investigated the effects of different fire frequencies on biodiversity. 



  • Investigation of a long time series of burned areas to derive key figures on fire occurrence in two national parks. 
  • National park administration was supported in identifying areas for field studies. 
  • The results serve to improve fire management in both parks. 

Additional information


Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

South African National Parks

Limpopo National Park

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Gernot Rücker