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Sustainability Research Unit George Campus

12/12/2017

SRU Head Christo Fabricius, together with Tiaan Pool and Tineke Kraaij of SNRM, provided a sustainability science perspective through three well-received presentations at a SCLI meeting in Brenton on Sea near Knysna, where the focus was on post-fire recovery of Knysna and other affected places in the Garden Route.

The disastrous June 2017 Garden Route fires provided a wake-up call about the deleterious effects of climate change in South Africa, and in many ways is a watershed regarding future approaches and preparedness for these disasters, as well as for the ensuing rehabilitation and rebuilding of the damaged environment. A seminar hosted in Knysna by SCLI and SRU on 23rd and 24th November 2017 provided a platform for reflecting on the progress made with social-ecological recovery. Ms Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, attended the meeting and delivered the opening address.

The SCLI is a public platform for landowners and land managers with an interest in the eradication and control of invasive alien plants (IAPs), and the promotion of water evaporation prevention, in the Garden Route. SCLI is supported by the Table Mountain Fund.

The SRU, one of its founding members, is a co-funder and provides faciltation services and scientific support to SCLI.  Read more here...