SARChI Chair University of Venda

The University of Venda based South African Research Chair in Biodiversity and Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve is a vibrant hub for biodiversity science, training and conservation application in the Southern African Development Community – a body of established and emerging researchers, postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates. The Research Chair, co-hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Stellenbosch, is funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation.

  • SPACES North Limpopo Living Landscapes – Understanding the dynamics of ecological and cultural landscapes, in the face of global change, in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa. Within the agricultural landscapes of Limpopo Province, the Limpopo Living Landscapes project aims to understand and predict the combined effects of land use and climate change processes on (i) rangeland vegetation (ii) unique biodiversity and (iii) rural livelihoods and to identify farm and policy level intervention strategies that support sustainable rural livelihoods and the natural resource base on which these people depend.
  • As a broad inter-disciplinary consortium involving agronomists and ecologists from seven partner institutions from South Africa and Germany, the Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL) project was launched a year ago under the auspices of the SPACES (Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth Systems) and ACCESS (Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science) programmes. The three-year project will undertake multi-disciplinary agronomic, ecological and socioeconomic research to understand the dynamics of ecological and cultural landscapes, in the face of global change, in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa. South African partners include the Universities of Venda, Limpopo and Wits whilst the German partners include the Universities of Bonn, Frankfurt, Gӧttingen and Cologne.

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Staff

  • Lourens Swanepoel Lourens Swanepoel
  • Peter Taylor Peter Taylor