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About Christo Fabricius
Christo Fabricius teaches undergraduate and Honours course in Fundamentals of Environmental Science at Rhodes University, located in the heart of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.
His geographic area of expertise is the Eastern and Northern Cape; the Eastern Cape Wild Coast; communal areas; biodiversity conservation; communities, ecosystems and livelihoods; and participatory land use planning. He has written more than 20 peer reviewed papers and many popular articles on:
- Biodiversity and land use
- People and protected areas
- Ecosystems and human well-being
- Wildlife-habitat relationships
Current projects focus on the Eastern Cape, and the Wild Coast in particular. New projects include participatory conservation planning; community-based natural resource management; ‘Peoplescapes´; and peoples´ biodiversity registers.
Roles and responsibilities include:
• Project leader for the Dept of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) 'Guidelines for Community-Based Natural Resource Management' CBNRM) (2003).
• Editorial Board member of the international journal ‘Ecology and Society´ (2003-present).
• Coordinating Lead Author for a chapter on ‘Communities, Ecosystems and Livelihoods´ in the international Millennium Assessment, and co-author of the southern African Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (SafMA) synthesis (2002-present).
• Project leader for the Eastern Cape government´s Biodiversity Strategy document (2003 / 2004).
• Coordinated the International Institute for Environment & Development´s (IIED) ‘Evaluating Eden´ Project on community wildlife management (1998-2000).
• Member of the World Conservation Union´s World Commission on Protected Areas, and Commission on Ecosystem Management, respectively (2002-present).
• Serve on advisory panels for the Working for Water Programme; DWAF; DEAT; the Chris Hani District Municipality; the Nqabara Participatory Forest Management Forum; the Machibi Forest Committee; the Macubeni Ward Committee; and the German aid agency GTZ (2000-present).