People, environment and biodiversity

A socio-ecological analysis of environmental change in the Kannaland

This study utilizes a cyclical socio-ecological systems approach to explore change in natural vegetation and land use within the Kannaland Municipality of the Klein Karoo. Repeat ground photography, historical climate and agricultural data, and in-depth, semi-structured interviews were used to assess environmental, political and socio-economic change in the study area since the early 1900s. Few […]

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A socio-ecological analysis of environmental change in the Kannaland Municipality

 A socio-ecological analysis of environmental change in the Kannaland Municipality of the Klein Karoo, South Africa, over the last 100 years,  Amy Louise Murray, Masters thesis, University of Cape Town, September 2015. Abstract This study utilizes a cyclical socio-ecological systems approach to explore change in natural vegetation and land use within the Kannaland Municipality of […]

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Beefing Up Species Richness?

The transformation and fragmentation of natural land are considered to be major drivers of biodiversity loss and local extinctions. In this study we compare medium-to-large mammal diversity on rangeland, game farms and natural land within the Little Karoo, South Africa. Mammal diversity was assessed using camera traps set up at 141 sites, and compared across […]

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Community-based conservation: Intrinsic versus extrinsic values

Ingle, M (2006), Community-based conservation: Intrinsic versus extrinsic values, in New Contree, vol. 51: 115-131.   Introduction This article commences with an examination of the reasons for the enormous increase in areas under state protection worldwide, and proceeds to discover two incompatible value systems that inform this expansion. The tension between these value systems informs […]

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Karoo and West Coast Biodiversity Corridors

The purpose of the SANParks Rural Development Programme and its two pilots – the West Coast Biodiversity and Karoo Corridor Initiatives – was to demonstrate the potential of conservation as an instrument of rural development. The programme was funded by the Green Fund for a two-year period between June 2013 and May 2015, and supported […]

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Links between Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation

Shackleton, C, Shackleton, S, Gambiza, J, Nel, E, Rowntree, K and Urquhart, P (2008), Links between Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Situation analysis for arid and semi-arid lands in southern Africa, , Rhodes University, for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Reduction Research Programme: DFID, NERC, ESRC. Aim and objectives This report presents the findings of a […]

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Multi-functional landscapes in semi arid environments

O’Farrell, P, Reyers, B, Le Maitre, D, Milton, S, Ego, B, Maherry, A, Colvin, C, Atkinson, D, De Lange, W, Blignaut, J and Cowling, R (2010), “Multi-functional landscapes in semi arid environments: Implications for biodiversity and ecosystem services”, Landscape Ecology, vol. 25, no. 8, 1231-1246. Can be purchased at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10980-010-9495-9, or contact karoo@intekom.co.za.   Abstract […]

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Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo

Atkinson, D (2007), “Municipal commonage and ecological knowledge in the Nama Karoo”, Development Southern Africa, vol. 24, no. 5, December 2007.   Abstract This paper examines the problem of managing municipal commonage land in the Nama Karoo, which is increasingly being used by black or coloured emergent farmers. Many of these live in the towns […]

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Oviston Nature Reserve: Stakeholder Analysis Report

Atkinson, D (2008b), Oviston Nature Reserve: Stakeholder Analysis Report, Unpublished report for Eastern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs, Karoo Institute, Philippolis. Purpose and methodology of the study The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 promotes mechanisms in place to engage local communities in protected areas. It further states that park plans must be compiled in consultation […]

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Perceptions of climate change and barriers to adaptation amongst commonage and commercial livestock farmers in the semi-arid Eastern Cape Karoo

Muller, C and Shackleton, SE (2013), Perceptions of climate change and barriers to adaptation amongst commonage and commercial livestock farmers in the semi-arid Eastern Cape Karoo, African Journal of Range & Forage Science. Click here for online version http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/10220119.2013.845606 ( you may need to pay for this item), or contact Sheona Shackleton at s.shackleton@ru.ac.za. Abstract […]

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