People, environment and biodiversity

Historical changes in stocking rates of domestic livestock

In semi-arid and arid magisterial (administrative) districts (n = 45) in the Cape Province, South Africa, there has been a mean 44·4 ± 14·6% (S.D.) reduction in the stocking rates of domestic livestock over the period 1911-81. In five savanna districts there has been a mean 36·8 ± 8·5% increase in stocking rate. For all […]

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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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Scopes and deficits of Participatory GIS in municipalities in the central Karoo

Haubold, A (2012), Scopes and deficits of Participatory GIS in municipalities in the central Karoo, MSc thesis, Geographisches Institut der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn.   1. Introduction  1.1 Defining the problem  “GIS provides a common language for discussion and acts as a means to bring people together in the decision-making process.” (CRAIG ET AL. 2002, p. […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Biodiversity and Ecological Impacts

Nature of the study area and shale gas development (SGD) impacts 1. The study area includes relatively high levels of biodiversity, including highly sensitive and unique ecosystems and -species. Seven different biomes and 58 vegetation types, 119 range- restricted plant species, and 12 globally threatened animal species have been recorded from the study area. See […]

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The Contribution of Municipal Commonage to Local People’s Livelihoods in Small South African Towns

Davenport, N (2008), The Contribution of Municipal Commonage to Local People’s Livelihoods in Small South African Towns, MSc thesis, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.   Abstract To redress past discrepancies in land tenure, the ANC government acknowledged that land needs to be made accessible to the previously disadvantaged, announcing that commonage would be a pillar of their […]

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