Assessing livestock farmers’ ecological knowledge and adaptation to climate and environmental change in arid regions of South Africa

Even with challenges to climate change projections at small scales, livestock farmers in local communities use their experience, observations, and local knowledge to predict changes in the local climate. With limited connection to the outside world, remote communities heavily rely on their local knowledge to adapt to climatic and environmental changes; a knowledge that has been working for them for many years

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Plastic Pollution and Climate Change

Title of thesis/research question: Is plastic pollution a distraction from climate change?: A study of pro-environmental behavior spillover from action against plastic pollution to support for climate change policy Type of thesis: Undergraduate University affiliation: Leiden University College The Hague Research Duration: January-May 2021 Abstract In recent years, a debate has emerged around the potential...

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Non-Refoulement and Environmental Degradation: Examining the Entry Points and Improving Access to Protection

If climate change is a threat to human rights, then it is also a reasonably foreseeable driver of migration. This research paper attempts to identify the threshold at which the principle of non-refoulment is engaged in the context of environmental degradation, and make recommendations for human rights defenders looking to improve access to protection.

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Arctic Ozone Depletion Event of 2020

Ozone depletion in the stratosphere is associated with the accumulation of substances which delete ozone. During the spring period of 2020, the most extensive ozone loss on record in the Arctic was observed [2]. This thesis examined the timeline of events which led to this ozone loss in order to explain why this depletion was so extreme compared to previous spring periods. This was undertaken by using a model run from the Met Office Unified Model, United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosols.

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What Barriers Can Be Expected To The Community-Based Water Management Programme Implemented In The Ounila Catchment?

This thesis analyses the formal and informal barriers faced by the Community-based Adaptation (CBA) programme implemented by the NGO PermaAtlas in the Ounila catchment, located on the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains. Placed in one of the most water stressed regions in the world, the subsistence of rural communities in the study area strongly depends on effective and efficient management of water resources. Although researchers and policy makers have promoted Community-based programmes as a panacea to tackle water management issues, analysis of such programmes is limited and poorly demonstrated. With focus on the management of water resources, the barriers to the programme implementation were assessed through multi-criteria analysis using the Adaptative Capacity Framework. According to this analysis, cultural and community barriers, although strong at the beginning of the programme, have been partially overcome reaching now a fragile equilibrium. Currently, financial barriers are the main problem facing the expansion of the programme, as lack of sufficient funds could trigger latent disputes among different communities of the catchment. With this, the lack of adequate and complete monitoring also represents a major issue considering future infrastructure works and the increasing climate uncertainties of the region. Based on this evaluation, recommendations have been made to facilitate the dialogue among communities in order to reduce social unrest and to implement a reliable monitoring programme to quantify changes induced by the project.

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Why Should We Protect Saline Lakes? A Global Analysis of Ecosystem Services

Take a look at Ramesh’s thesis, which examines the importance of saline lakes as an aquatic resource for ecological preservation. This study also consolidates expert opinions on the most important ecosystem services and most detrimental threats facing saline lakes. It provides empirical evidence of the value of saline lakes and the ecosystem characteristics that most govern service provision.

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