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Resilience in East African Landscapes: Identifying critical thresholds and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future

Objective

The strong temporal dynamics of the East African landscape and natural-resource distributions have always encouraged people to innovate and adapt to changing conditions. However, increasing population growth, changes in patterns of land tenure, industrialization, weak systems of governance, and global climate change have exacerbated previously localized environmental problems such as soil erosion, depletion of water catchments, loss of forests and grazing land, falling soil fertility and biodiversity. Novel approaches for resolving these challenges are thus urgently needed. Based on the premise that the past is key to understanding the present and planning for the future, this ITN will establish a leading European training network devoted to combining state-of-the-art research methods to tap into under-appreciated knowledge of how indigenous peoples have previously adapted to East Africa’s intrinsically unstable climate and land/water resources. By bringing together ecologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, historians and agronomists the ITN will provide cross-disciplinary training to a new generation of researchers, enabling them to interpret data relating to past and present socio-cultural and ecological dynamics from across the environmental and social sciences and the humanities. Organized by researchers from seven European universities in partnership with Bayer East Africa and U&We, the ITN will co-operate closely with academic counterparts, private-sector stakeholders, NGOs and local communities in East Africa. It will highlight how detailed awareness of the complex history of human-environment interaction in East Africa is central to well-founded and ecologically sustainable resource management, thereby restore the important function of indigenous know-how crucial for devising development policies and climate-risk management for specific areas, and train a new generation of future ecosystem-service managers, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 965 144,51
Administrative Contact
Gustav Sigeman (Mr.)

Participants (6)

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 549 990,32
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lowe Börjeson (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 880 935,44
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Caroline Moore (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 116,64
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedges (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 479 502,76
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dorothee Eder
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 491 425
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 288 948,66
Address
54 Bd Raspail
75270 Paris 6
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samira Ben Touhami (Ms.)