Dr. Bianca Currie presenting at the Gouritz Cluster Forum at the Rooiberg Lodge near van Wyksdorp on the 15th of May 2018.


Dr. Bianca Currie, the director of the SRU and recently appointed director (research portfolio) on the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve board, together with Dr. Lisa Heider, a recent doctoral graduate of the SRU presented at the Gouritz Cluster Forum meeting at the Rooiberg Lodge near van Wyksdorp on the 15th May 2018. 

Dr. Heider described how conservation paradigms have shifted from conserving nature for itself towards nature and humans in a system thinking paradigm.  Dr. Currie contextualised biosphere reserves as complex social ecological systems using the Garden Route Biosphere as an example.  

Biosphere Reserves are sites for sustainability research which we can use to understand how to reconcile human activities and the environment for sustainable development.  The SRU hopes to develop a database of research activities in the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, which will form a launching pad for the development of inter disciplinary research themes and questions that matter to us all.  The message was well received and the need to organise and coordinate research in the biospheres was supported by many practitioners and researchers at the event. The SRU will be hosting a biosphere research workshop in August to take the process forward.