K2C BR’S Contributions noticed at INSAKA

The 2018 INSAKA Conference, funded by SANParks and WWF Kethla, was held at Mopani Rest Camp from 11-14 June 2018. The theme of this year’s Conference was: “Sustaining the eco system service benefit from green and ecological infrastructure”

Insaka is acommunity of practice with the passion, commitment and professional competencies to provide African centred leadership and innovation that influences management of complex social-ecological systems. 

Five universities, linked by an MOU, are the heart of Insaka: University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Namibia, Copperbelt University; University of Montana and Monash South Africa. South African National Parks and the Institute of Natural Resources are active collaborators. 

The Key Note Address of Dr Sharon Pollard of AWARD, inspired the 48 participants with her reflections on the implementation and approaches of the RESILIM-O programme, implemented through a cooperation agreement with USAID. The RESILIM-O program is designed with a systems orientation. This orientation assumes that environment and development challenges such as social and ecological resilience in the face of climate change, are issues with a systemic nature. This means there are multiple aspects to these issues, and also dynamic connections between these aspects and between issues. This is on this canvas that AWARD has designed, and implemented, their interventions toward sustaining ecosystem service benefits, as part of the landscape’s ecological infrastructure, successfully. She highlighted the role of networks and connectors and their long term sustainability.
The K2C’s Team presented: The K2C BR’s Learning to live socio-ecological complexity in the quest for Green Ecological infrastructure’s sustainable use (Marie-Tinka Uys); Opportunities and challenges in managing green infrastructure across ecological and institutional boundaries (Nicolas Theron)  and Spatial Prioritisation in the Kruger Buffer zone: Working together in a geographically expansive and institutionally complex environment (Wehncke van der Merwe).
One of the highlights of the Conference was the screening of the K2C "Our Sand" participatory film facilitated by Shoki Mafogo.  The film can now be viewed below: 

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