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Poverty, livelihoods and Natural Resource Conservation. The case of local communities in and around Richtersveld National Park, South Africa

26 February 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Presenters: Humair Hayat, Lena Michler Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

The aim of this initiative is to promote nature conservation practices by sharing research results with involved local communities through the medium of film. We conducted two socio-ecological studies with Nama herders, exploring natural resource use, herding practices and wildlife-livestock interactions in and around Richtersveld National Park (RNP), which is managed jointly by SANParks and pastoralist communities. Our studies reveal a lack of knowledge concerning sustainable natural resource use, and tensions between the different actors involved. It is our hope that, by involving local communities in disseminating the outcomes of research conducted with them, this might encourage and empower them to share the knowledge and insights gained, potentially leading to more sustainable use of natural resources.

Date: 26 February 2018      
Time:  12h30 – 14h00 
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Sweetwaters

Presentation available for download below:


Humair Hayat: Resident researcher at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Humair has applied scientific methods and interdisciplinary research approaches. He is passionate about photography and videography, and how these can be used in research.

Lena Michler: Resident researcher at the University of Hohenheim, conducting research among herders in Mongolia in and around protected areas, for which she obtained a scholarship from the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Stefanie Lemke: Stefanie is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK, and Adjunct Lecturer, Dep. Societal Transformation and Agriculture, University of Hohenheim. Her research experience spans more than twenty years, engaging with academic and civil society partners, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Stefanie will co-chair the seminar with Tim Hart.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

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