The overall goal of the project is to assist in the development of more effective, equitable and sustainable participatory management of renewable natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the research is to identify the links between the sustainability of different farming systems and agricultural policy in South Africa and Uganda.
Political and administrative factors have been important determinants of land-use/landcover change in the Eastern Cape. The large-scale spatial variability, which can be attributed to the co-occurrence of contrasting land-use practises linked to contrasting socio-economic systems, and the short-term temporal variability demand adaptive forms of resource management to ensure sustainable natural resource utilisation. The highly variable knowledge of resource management in the Eastern Cape and the apparently weak knowledge of mechanisms need to be addressed. Until a reliable, predictive understanding of natural resource management is established in the Eastern Cape, it will be difficult to know how the natural resources of the province will be affected in the future.
Natural resource management and policy in Eastern CapeProvince, South Africa: overview paper. Working Paper 4, ISBN: 1 902518640, 69 pp.