Johan Olivier

Johan Olivier

A participant in the PRACTICE and IDESSA projects, Mr Olivier provides access to his farms for fieldwork in order to study restoration practices.

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Tiro Mongwaketsi

Tiro Mongwaketsi

Mr Tiro Mongwaketsi is one of the several farmers participating in the IDESSA program, he provides access to his farm in Ganyesa, North West Province for field assessments and surveys.

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Pierre & Lafras Bruwer

Pierre & Lafras Bruwer

Mr Pierre Bruwer & Mr Lafras Bruwer farms in the Vryburg area and provides access to their farm for research in the IDESSA program.

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Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Dr André F van Rooyen is one of the principle scientists at ICRISAT’s Bulawayo, Zimbabwe office and is a regular contributor in various NWU projects

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Bastian Hess

Bastian Hess

Bastian Hess is an ecological modeller from the University of Göttingen, Germany and is involved in the IDESSA program

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Prof Dr Kerstin Wiegand

Prof Dr Kerstin Wiegand

Dr. Kerstin Wiegand is a professor of Ecosystem Modelling, at the University of Goettingen, Germany and one of the principle investigators on the IDESSA program.

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Prof Dr Sarel Cilliers

Prof Dr Sarel Cilliers

Prof. Sarel Cilliers’ field of study is urban ecology and along with Prof Klaus Kellner is employed at the North West University in the capacity of subject head in botany.

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Dr Hendri Coetzee

Dr Hendri Coetzee

Dr Hendri Coetzee is an environmental social scientist that specialises in community-based research and interventions (e.g. projects/programmes) in the southern Africa context.

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Dr Graham von Maltitz

Dr Graham von Maltitz

Dr Graham von Maltitz is a systems ecologist and rural development specialist at the CSIR with a focus on resource ecology and management in Southern Africa, and particularly on areas of communal land management.

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Dr Mariam Akhtar-Schuster

Dr Mariam Akhtar-Schuster

Dr Mariam Akhtar-Schuster is a geographer and currently the senior scientific advisor and coordinator of the German IPBES coordination office at the Project Management Agency PT-DLR in Berlin, Germany

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Piet van Deventer

Piet van Deventer

Piet van Deventer is an environmental earth scientist (soil science and geology) and terrain analyst at the NWU

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Dr Anthony Mills

Dr Anthony Mills is an ecologist and soil scientist who conducts primary academic research through Stellenbosch University. In addition, through his company C4 EcoSolutions in Cape Town, Anthony provides technical and strategic advice to governments and UN agencies around the world on adaptation to climate change.

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Dirk Pretorius

Dirk Pretorius

Dirk Pretorius is a professional GIS practitioner with a background in soil science. He is actively involved in our current DEA Bush Expert project.

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Dr Jonathan Davies

Dr Jonathan Davies is the Coordinator of the Global Drylands Programme at IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and has over 20 years’ work experience in the fields of livestock development, pastoralism and Sustainable Land Management. He has expertise in building local governance, strengthening institutional arrangements for ecosystem management, linking science and policy,...

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Yvette Brits

Yvette Brits

Yvette is currently a production scientist at the North West Provincial Government, Department Agriculture within the pasture Science Division. Yvette’s research are in conjunction with a Zimbabwean seed company (under the parent company in Australia) with regards to Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana), tropical grass mixtures in cultivations and fertilisation of old cultivated lands.

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Lehman Lindeque

Lehman Lindeque

Assessment, monitoring and evaluation of land degradation, current responses to land degradation problems, conservation measures and Sustainable Land Management in general, at national, provincial and local level. The planning, design, monitoring and evaluation of natural resource management related programmes and projects. Description of conservation approaches and technologies using the WOCAT Methodology.

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Dr Hugo Bezuidenhout

Dr Hugo Bezuidenhout is gebore in Potchefstroom en het in die oud Wes-Tvl nou Noord-wes provinsie groot geword. Hy het gestudeer aan die Universiteite van Pretoria and Potchefstroom en was ook by die Geniekorps se eenheid vir terreinevaluering tydens sy weermag twee jaar opleiding. Het begin by die Landbounavorsingsraad (ARC) en het daarna in Desember 1990 by SANParke begin werk as ’n navorser. Werk as ’n grond en plantkundige ekoloog in 14...

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Dr. Niels Dreber

Dr. Niels Dreber

Project coordination at IDESSA
Department of Ecosystem Modelling
Buesgen-Institute
Georg-August-University of Goettingen

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Paul Avenant

Paul Avenant

Agricultural Scientist, Natural Resources Inventories & Assessment (NRIA)
Directorate Land Use & Soil Management (LUSM)
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

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