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Land Use Planning and Management falls under the Water, Environment and Biodiversity Research Focus Area.

The work of the Chair will directly address the following prioritised outcomes in order of contribution:

  • Protection and enhancement of environmental assets and natural resources
  • Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities and food security for all
  • Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of households

The Chair fits into the land use planning, land management and sustainable development strategic thrust which is a key area for drawing the Life Sciences disciplines together in a new way that will unlock a stepchange in research and human capital development capacity.

The Chair also forms a hub for interaction across private and public research institutions. Synergy between government, councils, industry and UKZN will be enhanced through improving productivity as well as making the research knowledge base applicable to conservation and economic development. Envisaged outcomes of the work of the Chair include:

  • An understanding of the factors influencing resilience of natural systems, particularly the savanna, grassland, forest, thicket mosaic of eastern and northern South Africa. This will be in the context of different land-use options, including natural systems, agricultural systems, and urbanising systems, all of which occur adjacent to each other, creating an integrated matrix. The focus will be on the savanna and grassland habitats; on sugarcane and forestry, and large-scale commercial agriculture in eastern South Africa; and for the urban context, especially in the eThekwini Municipal Region
  • An understanding of threats to resilience of systems and to the ecosystem services they offer, and how to monitor and  assess these on an ongoing basis
  • A local/regional model of conservation planning in the context of hyper-biodiversity and biome mosaics at the local scale
  • An environmental management plan for eThekwini Municipality that incorporates ecosystem services and natural system resilience into a sustainable development plan incorporating trajectories of global (climate) change
  • A decision-making system for sustainable economic development within eThekwini Municipality, which  is transferable and scalable to other systems, and incorporates the value of, and risks to, natural systems
  • A planning framework for commercial agricultural development (sugarcane and forestry, including potential bioenergy production), consumptive and non-consumptive  use of natural systems, and small-scale community farming using a matrix approach
  • Development of human capital and institutional capacity across a range of education, research and advisory bodies, which are mandated with responsibilities incorporated within the domain of this work. This includes development of staff, and training of a large number of postgraduate students through the programm


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