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Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch)

, South Africa

http://www.cons-ent.com/

Conservation Ecology and Entomolgy

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomolgy
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.cons-ent.com/
Language:
English
Description:

We specialise in the sustainable management of plant and animal species, ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, primarily in production landscapes. We conduct research in, and train students to apply an understanding of the functioning and ecology of plant and animal populations, and of the complex living communities in the management of natural resources and landscapes. This includes the conservation and sustainable use of forest trees, natural grazing lands, crocodiles and other game species, the prevention and control of bush encroachment, invasive alien plants and problem animals, the management of species, ecosystems and environmental processes in both formal and private protected areas, especially those in fragmented landscapes, the mitigation and repair of damage caused by agriculture (e.g. over grazing), development and mining, social assessment of rural communities, spatial prioritisation for improved decision-making for conservation activities, and the implementation of social learning institutions for the adaptive management of production landscapes.The applied research focuses mainly on the integrated management of mite and insect pests and the concepts, rationale and application thereof, especially to deciduous fruit, fruit fly management in the fruit industry, post-harvest entomology and plant nematological pests. Basic research is done on morphology and systematics, especially on Lepidoptera and fossil insects, and the physiology and ecology of fynbos insects. The Department houses an extensive collection of insects for study. A new, exciting field of study in the Department deals with the effect of agricultural and forestry activities on the landscape, on the animal and plant diversity, and on the water supply. The emphasis is on insect conservation biology, both in Southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean islands.

Keywords:
ecology,ecosystem,entomology

MPhil in Sustainable Development

Specialzation:

Department:
Sustainability Institute
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.net/academic/masters-programme
Language:
English
Description:

After completion of the PGD, students wishing to complete the Sustainable Development Planning specialisation (in order to work as planners in SA ), are advised to select the 120 credit thesis plus 4 electives option. It is recommended that these 4 additional modules are selected from the Sustainable Development Planning Stream of the PGD; or from the MPhil Environmental Management or HonsPA or MPA programmes delivered by SPL; or from the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) or the MPhil in Urban and Regional Science offered by the Centre of Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) which is part of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department in the Faculty of Arts. Besides the PGD modules listed earlier, other specific electives that are recommended are Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Analysis and Management (or a similar GIS module), Project Management (SPL) and Urban Management Processes (CRUISE). The research component for the MPhil will also need to have a âSustainable Development Planningâ focus.

Keywords:
Sustainable Development , Sustainability, Environmental Management, Geography, Urban Management

Education for Sustainable Development in Africa

Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/research/esda/index.html
Area / Region:
Africa 
Description:

The ESDA aims to develop and test a graduate-level education programme for professionals to be engaged in sustainable development in Africa. 

Activities:
The principal aim of this project is to promote education for sustainable development in African countries through training at the graduate school level of professionals who may serve as planners, organizers, instructors, field development agents and practitioners for sustainable development in these countries.The focus on the advanced higher education level of ESD is deliberate, since the programme aims to multiply its effects through "train-the trainers" capacity development for sustainability. The training would be provided through an international structure to be organized by UNU in cooperation with African and Japanese universities so that the participants would be exposed not only to national or local sustainable development contexts but also to the international dimensions of sustainability. 
Members:

Kenyatta University , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, Stellenbosch University, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, University for Development Studies, Ghana, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of Nairobi, University of Witzwatersrand, University of Zambia, Waseda University, Yokohama National University 



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