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240502 PR iSimangaliso Wetland Park: South Africa’s New Governance Model of Conservation and Development (P1) (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English



MI 16.03.2016 13:15-18:15 Ort: Sitzungszimmer, NIG 4. Stock
FR 29.04.2016 13:15-19:30 Ort: Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock

Additional meetings in the field!
Fieldresearch in South Africa: May 27th till June 14th


Aims, contents and method of the course

iSimangaliso became South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999. It seeks to protect a tremendously rich biodiversity and at the same time assist the local communities with various programmes to give them access to potential revenues of the natural resources, including eco-tourism. It is therefore an exciting example of integrated rural development and nature conservation under the overall paradigm of social transformation.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the new official name for the South African Nature Reserve that encompasses 280 kilometres of coastal wetlands, forests and sand dunes. The Field Practice aims to analyze its achievements and governance strategies in the course of almost two decades. It is planned for late May, first part of June with an overall duration of 2 weeks. The key focus of the Field Practice is ethnographic research and the actual implementation of qualitative empirical methods on the problems and intricacies of joining advanced nature conservation and Community-based natural resources management (CBNRM).
Creating awareness on the overall topics of CBNRM, integrative approaches of nature conservation and economic development and testing ethnographic methods under field research conditions. The (planned) field practice will be only open for participants of the preparatory Seminar in the Winter Semester 2015/16 who have adequately proven their interest and qualification for actual research (in content, theory and methodology).

Assessment and permitted materials

Written paper on the basis of collected ethnographic data (Interviews and other sources) of 15 pages including literature

Seminar language: English (with the possibility of submitting a paper in German)

permitted materials: all relevant literature

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

15 pages paper (in the format of an academic article), active involvement in field research

Examination topics

Social Transformation, Nature conservation, CBNRM, integrated rural development and nature conservation, transfrontier resource zones, governance of tourism, wildlife management, social transformation schemes, Black Economic Empowerment

Reading list

As discussed and analyzed in the 2015/16 preparatory Seminar

Association in the course directory

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