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ORYCS - Options for sustainable land use adaptations in savanna systems

Goal: Focusing on chances and risks of emerging wildlife-based management strategies under regional and global change.

The overarching key objective of ORYCS is to provide the first, urgently needed, scientifically rigorous assessment of wildlife-based land use options in Namibian savannas that can be extrapolated to similar savanna systems worldwide.

The project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated by the PENC group at University of Potsdam, Germany. Partners are the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Freie Universität Berlin, University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Date: 1 February 2019 - 31 January 2022

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Robert Luetkemeier
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The Global South is facing severe challenges in ensuring livelihood security due to climate change impacts, environmental degradation and population growth as well as changing lifestyles. These complex problems cannot be solely solved by single scientific disciplines – they require transdisciplinary research (TDR). Stakeholders from civil society, the corporate sector, government and science need to pool their knowledge to find solutions for sustainable transformations. In Namibia, we have been involved in TDR projects on water supply, and sanitation services as well as livestock management in rangeland systems. In this paper, we review two TDR projects that differ in multiple ways and hence allow us to carve out structural differences and critically discuss research outcomes, lessons learned and the challenge of North–South collaborations. Our review builds upon published and unpublished project documents as well as expert interviews with Namibian and German researchers who were involved in the projects. Our results show that TDR can be put into practice in different ways, depending on the research focus and the period available. The TDR phases of problem framing, inter- and transdisciplinary integration were implemented with different tools and foci points. We discuss the role of project length and funding conditions for project success and outcome generation. In addition, we critically consider the role of Namibian and German researchers in these international collaborations. The conclusions we draw touch upon the points of preparatory research funding, the equal acknowledgement of Global South contributions to joint research projects and the explicit handling of TDR components in project work.
Robert Luetkemeier
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Am Umgang mit Biodiversität entzünden sich weltweit Konflikte, die bisher nicht umfassend erforscht und systematisiert wurden, da die Zusammenhänge zwischen Biodiversitätsverlust und gesellschaftlichen Konflikten vielfältig sind (Fickel und Hummel 2019; Scheffran 2018). Der jüngste Bericht des Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES 2019) prognostiziert, dass der Verlust der globalen biologischen Vielfalt in den kommenden Jahrzehnten dramatisch ansteigen wird. Somit werden gesellschaftliche Konflikte infolge der Degradation oder des Zusammenbruchs von Ökosystemen wohl weiter zunehmen. Die Bewältigung von Biodiversitätskonflikten muss daher sowohl die nachhaltige Lösung von Umweltproblemen als auch die Deeskalation und Bearbeitung von Konflikten zwischen unterschiedlichen gesellschaftlichen Akteur*innen einschließen.
Robert Luetkemeier
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We are looking for a master student who is interested in working on Ecosystem Services from Wildlife for his/her master thesis within the next year. Please see our call for applications which is open until 30 Apri!
Topic
Ecosystem services and disservices from wildlife for communal and freehold farmers in Namibia
 
Robert Luetkemeier
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We are looking for a master student who is interested in working on Ecosystem Services from Wildlife for his/her master thesis within the next year. Please see our call for applications which is open until 30 Apri!
Topic
Ecosystem services and disservices from wildlife for communal and freehold farmers in Namibia
 
Robert Luetkemeier
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We are looking for a master student who is interested in working on Ecosystem Services from Wildlife for his/her master thesis within the next year. Please see our call for applications which is open until 30 Apri!
Topic
Ecosystem services and disservices from wildlife for communal and freehold farmers in Namibia
 
Dirk Lohmann
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check our recent updates on the ORYCS BLOG and Website to see what we're currently doing!
Website: www.orycs.org
 
Robert Hering
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Focusing on chances and risks of emerging wildlife-based management strategies under regional and global change.
The overarching key objective of ORYCS is to provide the first, urgently needed, scientifically rigorous assessment of wildlife-based land use options in Namibian savannas that can be extrapolated to similar savanna systems worldwide.
The project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated by the PENC group at University of Potsdam, Germany. Partners are the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Freie Universität Berlin, University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.