Photo: Dieter Van den Broeck

Learning for landscapes

At a recent workshop on a farm in South Africa, researchers and other professionals in sustainability discussed how they can work with groups across the country, from farmers to conservation organisations, to restore landscapes.

The workshop contributed to the PECS working group on Collaborative Governance and Management. Participants came from different sectors and organizations: local non-governmental organisations working with farming communities, leaders from large national and international non-governmental organisations and academics.


The focus of the workshop, was “Research and Learning for Connected Landscapes,” and participants worked together to ponder two important questions: What are the enablers and barriers of stewardship at the local level? What are the processes that support collaboration for stewardship in multifunctional landscapes?


The full blog post, written by Jessica Cockburn (and that does a great job in painting vivid pictures of the workshop) can be found in slightly different version at the SAPECS websiteexternal link and the Future Earth blog.external link Jessica Cockburn is a graduate student at Rhodes University and is affiliated with the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS).



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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.