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work package S1

Retrospective analysis of human factors in the face of DTPs: causes and effects

Abstract:

This work package takes a retrospective approach to identifying social drivers of DTPs, as well as DTP effects on social subsystems. As required for an SES framework, the research on the feedbacks between human factors and desertification will be based on learning to understand the local social-ecological dynamics and perceptions (internal factors) in connection with broader political, socio-economical and historical processes (external factors). Our literature review has shown that, historically, social drivers of DTPs in the study area comprise diverse external factors such as state policies. We will assess how these played out locally in terms of individual and collective decision-making processes. We expect to find that DTP effects on the social sub-system imply changes in regard to rangeland management practices and socio-economic conditions. We will focus on the period between the mid-19th century (for which first records are available) until the present.

Lead Institutions:

University of Cologne

Namibian University for Science and Technology

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