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The food-energy-water nexus in the Blue Nile Mountains of EthiopiaP1140702.JPG

The research team is composed of researchers from Ethiopia, Germany, USA and Italy with expertise in social-ecological systems analysis, livelihoods risks and social resilience strategies, East African ecology and agronomy, hydropower development, agricultural economics, and the climate and hydrology of the Ethiopian highlands. The approach will yield new insights on adaptation strategies in tropical mountain environments. The livelihood risks and adaptation component of the project is led by Professor Detlef Müller-Mahn with an assistance from postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Million Gebreyes. This research component uses case study based qualitative research approaches, which are carried out together with a number of PhD and Master students from Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar University. read more


 

 


RESILIENCE, COLLAPSE AND REORGANIZATION IN SOCIAL ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS OF AFRICA'S SAVANNAHS (RCR)image_mini.jpg

"Trans-local relations and the reorganization of socio-ecological systems in Kenya and South Africa" (B4).

The central aim of project B4 is to understand the impact of human migration on the social-ecological systems (SES) in migrants’ home areas. These dynamics are highly relevant for the RCR projects’ research areas as well as for the conceptual understanding of social-ecological coupling processes, because livelihoods and natural resource management are highly dependent on influences from outside the locally defined system. read more

 

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"Violent Regulation and Social-Ecological Transformation of Wetland Ecosystems in East Africa" (B1).

The sub-project seeks to understand the dynamics of transformation of social-ecological systems of two exemplary wetland ecosystems in East Africa, namely Lake Naivasha and Lake Baringo, both situated in Kenya's Rift Valley. The respective social-ecological systems are ecologically rich but highly fragile and they have become contested arenas in which a large number of conflicting actors negotiate various critical agendas. read more

 

RCR-B3-Project

"The influence of the global cut-flower industry on the production sites at Lake Naivasha/Kenya" (B3).

As part of the interdisciplinary Research Unit FOR 1501, subproject B3 deals with Global economic influences and local labor relations in the reorganization of an agro-industrial center in Naivasha/Kenya. The major focus of the geographical part is the Global Value Chains of the booming cut flower industry and its influence as a main driver of the social ecological system at Lake Naivasha. read more


 

 

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TRANSLATIONS OF THE ‘ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE’ PARADIGM IN EASTERN AFRICADFG-ssp1448-willers-26-04-14.JPG

The project´s focus is to highlight in which ways the global concept of ´Adaptation to Climate Change´ is taken up by different actors and institutions in the Eastern African context. In this context, ´Adaptation to Climate Change´ is understood as a travelling idea which "travels" not only between different countries but also between entities with different objectives and interests. For further and more detailed information, please visit our project website: http://www.spp1448.de/projects/translating-adaptation/  

  


Indigenous Knowledge Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Rural Communities Adjacent to River BasinsTheo-Project-IK
 
The research project focus on investigating the contributions of indigenous knowledge (IK) on climate change adaptation in Tanzania with specific focus on communities adjacent to Ngono River Basin.
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Failing Seasons, Ailing Societies - Climate Change and the Meaning of Adaptation in Ethiopiaimage_mini.jpg

 

Temperature increase and changing rainfall patterns have been widely observed and well-documented consequences of global climate change. However, the consequences at the grassroot level remain under researched. What are the impacts on agrarian production and local livelihoods? How are commun...

 

 

 

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