We have just returned from a most inspiring workshop in Namaqualand. A broad, inter-disciplinary project is being proposed for the area and a funding application is currently under review. Namaqualand is already an arid area, considered as a biodiversity 'hotspot'.
Climate projections predict that this region will be heavily affected by climate change. The goal of the project will be to establish the best use and management of rangeland in a way that both utilizes and sustains ecosystem functions and services. With this in mind, we form part of a team of scientists looking at subjects such as soil, water, plants, animals, farming techniques, policy, and more importantly, how these are all linked to one another.