Aligning Policy with the Socio-Ecological Dynamics of Rangeland commons

The first announcement of the workshop is available download. Please feel free to forward to your mailing lists! The report from the workshop, held at the 46th Annual Congress in July 2011, on Communal Rangelands and Policy is also available to download - see the links below!

Aligning Policy with the Socio-Ecological Dynamics of Rangeland commons

The first announcement of the workshop is available download. Please feel free to forward to your mailing lists! The report from the workshop, held at the 46th Annual Congress in July 2011, on Communal Rangelands and Policy is also available to download - see the links below!

This workshop provides a platform for researchers, policy makers, and development workers to dialogue on issues emerging from policy and practice in communal rangeland management in South Africa.

A position paper will be presented on issues and challenges, emerging from more than ten years of research in communal rangelands in South Africa, to be considered in the draft Policy for the Sustainable Management of Veld (Range) and Forage Resources as well as other relevant policies.

Invited speakers are asked to respond supporting or challenging a particular idea or issue presented in the position paper. Issues include the multiple use of rangelands; farmers and rangeland users as heterogeneous group; rethinking fencing and herding; institutions and governance; farmer innovation in rangeland management; involving youth in agriculture; livestock in land and agrarian reform; complex systems and ecosystem-services approaches to rangeland management.

The workshop will culminate in a special issue of the African Journal of Range and Forage Science.

For more info on the workshop, please contact Monique Salomon at salomon(at)ukzn.ac.za, tel 033 260 6173, cell 083 301 2936, and Igshaan Samuels at isamuels@uwc.ac.za, tel 021 959 2305, cell 073 257 1067.

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