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Competing Interests in Urban Biodiversity Management in the Context of a Changing Climate: A Case Study of the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct, South Africa

  • Chuma Banji Chinzila
  • Andrew Emmanuel Okem
  • Fathima Ahmed
  • Urmilla Bob
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Abstract

Conservation through restoration and rehabilitation of ecological infrastructure is an important climate change adaptation strategy. The Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct project is a pilot biodiversity conservation project for ecosystem services, which in the broader scheme, enhances community resilience and ability to adapt to climate change. This study investigated biodiversity management in an urban context using the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct Project as a case study. We focus on power interplay among the GGEP stakeholders by using the Political Ecology conceptual framework. The study adopted a qualitative paradigm comprising focus groups discussions, individual interviews and observations with purposively selected key stakeholders. Results show that the project is providing key ecological services despite ineffective management of stakeholder demands which undermines biodiversity conservation efforts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chuma Banji Chinzila
    • 1
  • Andrew Emmanuel Okem
    • 2
  • Fathima Ahmed
    • 1
  • Urmilla Bob
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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