Looking across diverse food system futures: Implications for climate change and the environment

Zurek, M., Hebinck, A. and Selomane, O.
Publication: QOpen
2020 - Journal Articles

Agriculture and food systems are in urgent need of transformation. They currently do not provide the needed food and nutrition security outcomes while having far-reaching environmental and social impacts. Many interrelated challenges obscure how to transform the agri-food system towards environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

Quantifying the effectiveness of private land conservation areas in preventing losses of natural land cover and biodiversity intactness across South Africa

Tafadzwa Shumba
Publication: Stellenbosch University
2019 - Theses

In South Africa, a long history of conservation on private land conservation areas and the diverse private land conservation areas models provide an interesting case study to address this knowledge gap. The effectiveness of private land conservation areas across South Africa, and factors influencing their effectiveness, were thus quantified using losses in natural land cover and the biodiversity intactness index as proxies.

Consequences of recreational hunting for biodiversity conservation and livelihoods

E.D. Minin, H.S. Clements, R.A. Correia, G. Cortes-Capano, C. Fink, A. Haukka, A. Hausmann, R. Kulkarni, and C.J.A. Bradshaw
Publication: One Earth
2021 - Journal Articles

We provide an overview of the peer-reviewed literature on recreational hunting of terrestrial birds and mammals between 1953 and 2020.

Culturally diverse expert teams have yet to bring comprehensive linguistic diversity to intergovernmental ecosystem assessments

Lynch, A.J., Fernández-Llamazares, A., Palomo, I., Jaureguiberry, P., Amano, T., Basher, Z., Lim, M., Mwampamba, T.H., Samakov, A. and Selomane, O.
Publication: One Earth
2021 - Journal Articles

To incorporate more linguistic diversity into global ecosystem assessment processes, we present actionable steps for global science teams to recognize and incorporate non-English-language literature and contributions from non-Anglophones.

Russia’s Resurgence in Africa: Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Dzvinka Kachur
Publication: South African Institute of International Affairs
2020 -

While Russia’s relationship with Africa goes back decades, to the continent’s anti-colonial struggles, the past few years have seen a resurgence in relations.

Supporting transformative climate adaptation: community-level capacity building and knowledge co-creation in South Africa

Gina Ziervogel, Johan Enqvist, Luke Metelerkamp & John van Breda
Publication: Climate Policy
2021 - Journal Articles

Given that marginalized communities are highly vulnerable to climate risk, it is important to build their capacity to adapt locally and to integrate their perspectives into higher level adaptation measures. Current adaptation policy does not pay sufficient attention to this. Using a Cape Town-based project on water governance in low income urban settlements, this paper explores how a transdisciplinary research project supported capacity building.

Informality and water justice: community perspectives on water issues in Cape Town’s low income neighbourhoods

Johan Enqvist, Gina Ziervogel, Luke Metelerkamp, John van Breda, Ntombikayise Dondi, Thabo Lusithi, Apiwe Mdunyelwa , Zinzi Mgwigwi, Mpumelelo Mhlalisi, Siya Myeza, Gciniwe Nomela, Ann October, Welekazi Rangana & Maggie Yalabi
Publication: International Journal of Water Resources Development
2020 - Journal Articles

Water justice requires attention be paid to the range of everyday realities that exist in the spectrum from formal to informal settlements.

The GRIN Meeting: A ‘third place’ for managers and scholars of social-ecological systems

Roux, D. Clements, H., Currie, B., Fritz, H., Gordon, P., Kruger, N. & Freitag-Ronaldson, S.
Publication: South African Journal of Science
2020 - Journal Articles

The Garden Route Interface and Networking (GRIN) Meeting was initiated in 2017 with the aim of creating a third place for dialogue on, and advancement of, research and practice dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability. Held in the Garden Route over 3 days during September–October of each year

Exploring resilience capacities with food innovators: a narrative approach

Lindow, M, Preiser, R, and Biggs R.
Publication: Global Sustainability
2020 - Journal Articles

We interviewed grassroots food innovators in South Africa to explore the diverse ways in which their narratives expressed different capacities for resilience, such as dealing with surprise and shaping desirable change. We drew on key resilience themes of rootedness, resourcefulness and resistance (the 3Rs) as lenses through which to view their personal stories and efforts to build resilience and reshape the future. We used narrative and interpretative methods to connect the personal and context-specific experiences of food innovators to the 3Rs, exploring a new approach to uncovering resilience capacities. We suggest that this approach could be usefully employed to understand potential resilience capacities that could help address diverse sustainability challenges around the world.

Systems approaches to food and nutrition security and urban resilience: Lessons from Cape Town, South Africa and Kumasi, Ghana

Kushitor, S.B,. Currie, P., Drimie, S., Badu, M., Faragher, T., Bhikoo, J. and Cramer, C.
Publication: LIRA
2020 - Reports & Policy Briefs

As part of the Inclusive Metabolism project, researchers and city officials from Cape Town, South Africa, and Kumasi, Ghana, shared their perspectives on how improving food systems can have wider socio- economic benefits for society, building resilience to shocks. Important approaches included adopting a food-water-energy nexus approach and embracing the value of informality to build resilience in city food systems.

Scenarios for Just and Sustainable Futures in the Miombo Woodlands

Sitas, N,; Selomane, O. & Pereira, L.
Publication: Miombo Woodlands in a Changing Environment: Securing the Resilience and Sustainability of People and Woodlands
2020 - Book Chapters

Drawing on data and information from numerous studies conducted in the last 20 years, the book presents a comparative analysis of policy changes and management experiences in the countries concerned.

Imagining transformative biodiversity futures

Wyborn, C; Davila, F.; Pereira, L.; Lim, M.; Alvarez, I.; Henderson, G.; Luers, A.; Harms, M.J.M.; Maze, K.; Montana, J.; Ryan, M.; Sandbrook, C; Shaw, R. & Woods, E.
Publication: Nature Sustainability
2020 - Journal Articles

Biodiversity research is replete with scientific studies depicting future trajectories of decline that have failed to mobilize transformative change. Imagination and creativity can foster new ways to address longstanding problems to create better futures for people and the planet.

The relevance of ecosystem services to land reform policies: Insights from South Africa

Clements, H.S.; De Vos, A.; Bezerra, J.C.; Coetzer, K.; Maciejewski, K.; Mograbib, P.J.; Shackleton, C.
Publication: Land Use Policy
2020 - Journal Articles

In this perspectives paper, we highlight why land reform programmes could benefit from considering ecosystem services in their planning processes, to better achieve their goals of socioeconomic development and equity.

Social capital reduces vulnerability in rural coastal communities of Solomon Islands

Malherbe,W., Sauer, W. and Aswani, S.
Publication: Ocean and Coastal Management
2020 - Journal Articles

This study seeks to measure attributes of social capital in five marine dependent communities of Solomon Islands.

The Ocean Transition: What to Learn from System Transitions

Mark Swilling, Mary Ruckelshaus and Tanya Brodie Rudolph
2020 - Reports & Policy Briefs

This paper proceeds from the assumption that the ocean is a commons. The problem this paper seeks
to address is the complex challenge of governing the ocean as a commons. Governance systems since the
dawn of modernity have evolved to govern city-states nation-states and international relations. But the
transformations to sustainability require governing interlinkages and interactions that have not previously
existed across sectors, and scales with multiple actors.