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There is increasing recognition of the need to integrate resilience as a core strategy of development actions across multiple sectors, scales and regions. This recognition stems from the dual challenge of increased social and environmental turbulence in an increasingly globalized world. As we grapple with the urgency of meeting the development needs of the poor and vulnerable while maintaining our planetary life support systems - a critical foundation for human wellbeing - resilience is emerging as a key approach towards sustainability.
Africa as a region faces particular challenges in achieving sustainable development. Whilst the Sustainable Development Goals provide guidelines, we aim to further the conversation about how researchers and practitioners can work together to achieve a more resilient sustainable development agenda in Africa.
The Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) in collaboration with the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) initiative is holding a colloquium on 8-10 May 2017 in Johannesburg on methods and practices for realizing “Resilience for development.” Participation is limited to 150 attendees.
The colloquium is designed to maximize opportunities for dialogue and critical discussions and building collaborations between researchers and practitioners. Much of the colloquium will be centred on dialogue and mini-workshop sessions, interspersed with talks to maximize communication between participants.
We hereby invite you to submit an abstract to this innovative colloquium, which aims to
further transdisciplinary dialogue between researchers and practitioners interested in the relationship between resilience and complexity thinking, and development in dynamic social-ecological systems. Click here to register and submit abstracts
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