Insights from social-ecological systems can help resolve the illegal wildlife trade crisis
The Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) in collaboration with the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) initiative is holding a colloquium on 8-10 May 2017 in Johannesburg on methods and practices for realizing “Resilience for development.” We hereby invite you to submit an abstract to this innovative colloquium, which aims to further transdisciplinary dialogue between researchers and practitioners interested in the relationship between resilience and complexity thinking, and development in dynamic social-ecological systems. Registration and further information available on the webpage.
Prior to colonisation, African peoples lived in close connection with the land and environment, and governed themselves according to their own complex systems of customary law. With the colonies, came completely different legal systems that were imposed onto the peoples and land, and which failed to properly recognise the existing structures. Today, countries such as South Africa and Australia are grappling with how these two legal systems (colonial and customary) can co-exist. Unfortunately, in a number of instances where customary rights to natural resources and the formal legal system are interacting and conflicting, serious food- and nutrition-related health issues are being experienced. Discussants: Wilmien Wicomb is an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, Anna Bulman is an Australian attorney and current research fellow at the Legal Resources Centre. Wilmien Wicomb’s work of the past eight years has focused on the recognition of customary law in Southern Africa.
Claimed to be a new ‘human-dominated, geological epoch’ (Paul Crutzen 2002), the Anthropocene brings with it a critical imperative, namely that we rethink our role as humans in shaping our joint future, and learn to engage with this challenge through each other’s eyes. Discussants: Michelle-Lee Moore (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Per Olsson (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Warren Nilsson (University of Cape Town)
Advancing resilience thinking and practice to support sustainable transformations in southern Africa: Around 25 scientists, policy‐makers and practitioners actively engaged in the development and application of resilience assessment and practice, with the goal of fostering transformative change towards more sustainable development pathways.