Duduzile Ngwenya
Clean and semi clean fynbos seeds ready for smoke treatment Clean and semi clean fynbos seeds ready for smoke treatment Clean and semi clean fynbos seeds ready for smoke treatment

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Background

Current research

Environmental degradation occurs at a global scale, thus a need for scaling up restoration interventions if sustainable and environmental global goals are to be met. Following United Nationsís declaration for 2021-2030 to be the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, there is some urgency and emphasis on scaling up restoration. Scaling up requires provision of best practice restoration guidelines beforehand is key to improve the management of current and future restoration projects at a large scale. This project seeks to:

  1. Identify shortcuts , pragmatic solutions for scaling up active restoration (systematic review of global literature)
  2. Make the case by determining what it takes (input) to implement the identified solutions and their anticipated outcomes (Output) (Systematic review)
  3. To test the efficacy of scaling up active restoration in Cape Fynbos by circumventing fire as a natural process (in field experiment at Blaauwberg Nature reserve as a Case study)
  4. Support the scaling up intervention proposed in this study by ascertaining its cost effectiveness and large scale feasibility to promote pre-informed decision making
Seeds pre-treated with smoke from burning fynbos biomass Seeds pre-treated with smoke from burning fynbos biomass

Seeds pre-treated with smoke from burning fynbos biomass

Acacia saligna clearance operations Pre sowing preparations and data collection

Left: Acacia saligna clearance operations.
Right: Pre sowing preparations and data collection (picture taken by Saffiyah)

Sowing day Sowing day

Sowing Day (pictures taken by Sjirk)