South Africa

Coastwise: Umlalazi Beach Dunes

CoastWise: Improving knowledge for land-sea interface management in South Africa

In South Africa, terrestrial and marine assessment and planning have traditionally been separate exercises, forming different communities of research and management. Although there is growing understanding that planning must take account of both land and the sea, the multiple and diverse land-sea interactions are still poorly understood by researchers as well as stakeholder communities and […]

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African Penguins

Penguins: African Penguins and the Blue Economy

African penguins are vital components of the coastal biodiversity, serving as bioindicators of ecosystem health and making significant contributions to the Blue Economy. Despite their importance, their population has declined by over 95% in the last 100 years, primarily due to a combination of human local stressors and the effects of climate change. Some predictions

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Somwat: Seagrass Meadows

SOMWAT: Mitigating Watershed Pollution by Coastal Seagrass Meadows

Coastal habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral and sponge reefs, and mussel banks provide numerous livelihood benefits for local populations. Their ability to act as filters that improve coastal water quality is often underappreciated but represents an important ecosystem service that affects “blue” economic developments. In this context, SOMWAT especially looks at the socio-ecological role

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Dissertation Coast Wise

PhD Thesis published: Ecological Infrastructure in Systematic Conservation Planning

What role does the Ecological Infrastructure (EI) concept play in systematic conservation planning in the coastal zone? Can the EI concept be used as a framework for mapping ecosystem services? These are some of the questions Myriam Perschke, junior researcher in the MeerWissen project CoastWise, addresses in her recently published PhD thesis. She aimed to investigate

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Penguins News

African Penguins: Towards an integrative population management

The “African Penguins and the Blue Economy” (Penguins) project has taken further steps in order to establish a science-based foundation to optimize conservation policies and protect the African Penguin in South Africa and Namibia. The project was launched in January 2021 and despite the challenges due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a health survey of the

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Webinar Penguins

MeerWissen Webinar: African Penguins and the Blue Economy

The project “African Penguins and the Blue Economy” was introduced on January 27 as part of a webinar series featuring each of the 12 MeerWissen projects. The webinar showcased the activities and measures that are done within the project to optimize conservation policies and to engage key stakeholder groups in the identification of factors responsible for

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