Plant Conservation Unit PhD student, Gina Arena, recently visited the Graaff-Reinet area, also known as the "Jewel of the Karoo" in the Eastern Cape to collect data for her PhD. She is assessing the long-term changes of Nama Karoo and Grasslands vegetation in the context of historical and current land use and rainfall patterns. Gina says that she learnt a lot from the landowners and shares her experience together with a brief history of Graaff-Reinet here.
The latest edition of Past Global Changes (PAGES) Magazine has now been published and is available online. This issue, edited by A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson (Plant Conservation Unit Deputy Director) and others, is titled “Sustaining Earth’s Biodiversity”, and so "highlights how the study of long-term ecosystem change can provide critical insights into the resilience of ecosystems, the restoration of disturbance regimes and the prediction of future responses to changing climate and disturbance". Congrats to Lindsey and colleagues on a successful publication.
The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) would like to congratulate Petra Holden (PCU PhD Candidate) together with colleagues Amanda Bourne (University of Cape Town, UCT), Lorena Pasquini (UCT), Camila I Donatti (Conservation International) and Sarshen Scorgie (Conservation South Africa) who published a chapter titled, 'Strengthening the role of local authorities to support community-based adaptation: The case of South Africa' in the recently published book, 'Enhancing adaptation to climate change in developing countries through community-based adaptation'. Congrats to all involved! Read the article to learn more.
Petra Holden, PhD candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit, recently visited her study area in Groot Winterhoek to share the findings of her research with landowners living and farming in the area. Read the article to learn more about how it went and what Petra will be up to next.