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Gender Dynamics in Conservation Agreements: Biodiversity and Redmeat Initiative in Namaqualand, South Africa

Summary: Conservation South Africa (CSA) is implementing a conservation agreement with members of the Leliefontein community, in the Kamiesberg Municipality of Namaqualand. The strategy centers on negotiated agreements between CSA and individual farmers, with the overall objective of improving livestock and ecosystem management in this fragile environment.

Making The Case: Ecological Infrastructure For Water Security In South Africa

Ecological infrastructure refers to naturally functioning ecosystems that deliver valuable services to people. Ecological infrastructure is the nature-based equivalent of built infrastructure and is just as important for providing services and underpinning socio-economic development. It’s not only an under-realised asset for cities and their hinterlands, but also one whose potential could be relatively easily unlocked.

Middle Income Countries and NBSAPs

I am involved in the process for preparation of the latest South African NBSAP and would be interested to hear which other plans in development, or prepared, from comparable middle income countries or emerging economies we might engage with to learn from; whether it be inspiration, leverage, insi

E-poster for WPC Stream 6: One Health in SADC TFCAs

Dr. Lucille Blumberg is the Deputy-Director, Head of Division of Public Health, Surveillance and Response, and Head of Travel Health of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.

E-poster for WPC Stream 6: SADC TFCAs Decision-making processes

Suzi Malan is a PhD candidate from the University of British Columbia (Canada), of South African origin.

Her research has utilised a combination of methods to understand and evaluate governance systems in the Transfrontier Conservation Areas of Southern Africa. In this presentation, she summarises the findings of a 4 year work and proposes improvements to current processes that are more inclusive and aimed at achieving all the objectives of the TFCAs in the region.

E-poster for WPC Stream 6: SADC TFCA Sustainable tourism

Amanda Mugadza is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

She is conducting a study on the existing legal framework for participatory and inclusive sustainable tourism development in Southern African Transfrontier Conservation Areas and the application of such framework to ensure TFCAs fulfil their rural development mandate. This presentation is a condensation of the findings from her first year.

Integrating The Table Mountain National Park Into The City Of Cape Town – Some Lessons From Experience

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) dramatically improved its ability to link its priority conservation tasks with the sustainable development needs of Cape Town and its citizens, to the advantage of both the Park and the City’s citizens. This story illustrates the importance of a functioning governance system and a commitment to finding mutual interest between the goals of conservation and development.

Protected Area Concessions As Tools For Development. The Community Perspective = Makuleke Case Study

The Makuleke Contractual Park is 26,500 hectares in size and lies at the northern extremity of the Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. It is bounded by the Limpopo River in the north, Luvuvhu River in the south and Mutale River in the west. The Limpopo River is also the boundary between South Africa and Zimbabwe, while the meeting point of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers is where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet. The Makuleke Contractual Park is a unique and special place.

How To Sustain And Grow Tourism While Ensuring Equitable Access For Citizens

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) was established in 1998 when land and resources were transferred from the City of Cape Town to SANParks. It is one of the world's most biodiverse and dramatically beautiful urban national parks, set entirely within a metropolitan Cape Town. The primary solution ensuring equitable access was the requirement in the founding agreements that the TMNP would forever be an “Open Access” national park. This came about through citizens insisting that most of the park remain free to the public, with only four sections where entrance fees are paid (Swanepoel 2013).

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