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15: Aug 2012
3rd Year State of the Environment Reports for
Solid Waste & Recycling
Storm & Waste Water
Urban Green Spaces
Domestic Energy Use
Future Scenarios for Sustainable Cities
many people working on community and rural development
that are helping rural communities to empower themselves
through the sustainable use of their natural resources.
One of the ways to achieve this is through monitoring.
The CBNRM Monitoring toolkit gives you the tools to
monitor projects in your village and to evaluate whether
you are achieving your goals.
The department is well known for its hands-on work with rural communities. Community engagement is
truly one of our department's cornerstones.
Fred's inauguration to Full Professor
love of science and a dedication to asking probing
questions says Head of Department of Environmental
Science, Professor Fred Ellery, when he delivered his
inaugural lecture recently,
“The landscape holds answers to more questions than we
have yet learned to ask.” The historic occasion
marks the conferring of the status of full professorship
to a Rhodes University academic staff member. Prof
Ellery has spent much of his working life examining the
structure and functioning of wetlands in Southern
Africa, with a particular emphasis on the links between
wetland ecology, hydrology geomorphology and
biogeochemistry, and how these affect and are affected
by human interactions with wetland systems.
Read the full article
Sarah-Jane Bradfield, Photo by Mathieu Dasnois
New Postdoc in the Dept
Dr Sheunesu Ruwanza is a
ecologist and conservationist whose research
focus is on restoration ecology and
management of ecological processes that
shape the world.
us on conservation and restoration issues.
post-doctoral position will
bring the two pillars of his career,
conservation and restoration together. His
projects will look at
the growth and production of
natural resources and ecosystems services,
the household use of and dependency on
natural resources and ecosystems services
for consumptive and non-consumptive
purposes. This work is important for
management of natural resource. Other areas
of interest include climate change and
adaptation from an African perspective.
Staff attend the Land Divided Conference
DES staff members and associates;
Professors Charlie Shackleton, Sheona Shackleton and
Paul Hebinck (Wageningen University), Dr Gladman
Thondhlana and Ms Maura Talbot presented on a panel
entitled "Ecosystem Services, Livelihoods and
Sustainability across the Land Tenure Spectrum:
Emphasising the Importance of the Environment". The Land
Divided Conference in Cape town took place at a time
when South Africa is commemorating the 1913 Natives Land
Act, a piece of legislation that resulted in land
dispossession and obvious livelihood hardships for many
black South Africans. The Act is considered a key
reference point for South Africa’s land reform programme
that underscores the need for a land distribution
programme to overturn past spatial, economic and
political consequences of segregation and apartheid.
student awarded RUESSPA bursary
Mjoli, a 2nd year student in Environmental Science is
the first recipient of the Rhodes University
Environmental Science Staff & Postrad Alumni Bursary (RUESSPA).
This bursary is the brain-child of Charlie Shackleton
who called on all staff and alumni of the department to
forego one or two pizzas a month and donate these funds
to this bursary. There was an overwhelming
response and R14,000 was raised to contribute to
Nwabisa's 2nd year University costs. This
generosity speaks volumes about our alumni's commitment
to the discipline and recognition of the inequalities
and needs of others in South Africa. This is a
life changing opportunity for a local, financially needy
young scholar. Well done Nwabisa, we wish you the
best of luck in your 3rd year.
for Life project
of its Community Engagement activities, the Dept of
Environmental Science Tree for Life Project aims to
promote awareness of the need to plant and maintain
indigenous trees in and around the Grahamstown area.
Trees play a pivotal role in the health and well-being
of local communities as they are sources of food, shade,
medicines and scenic beauty, amongst other benefits.
The Dept has so far planted around 40 trees at the
Ntsika Secondary School (with the active involvement of
pupils and teachers). This is an ongoing project
and the idea is to encourage tree planting
within the township areas of Grahamstown, consequently
contributing to the Makana Municipality's greening
activities. Specifically the aim is to:
- promote a
better understanding of trees, particularly indigenous
the important role trees play in sustainable development
and the livelihoods of people and their environment
communities to participate in various greening
activities within their own surroundings
RUESSPA Bursary fund appeal
What will you spend your spare cash on?
A pizza or a bursary?
here for more information
here if you would like to donate
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