An African Centered Community of Practice for Management of Social Ecological Systems


We envision a community of practice with the passion, commitment and professional competencies to provide African centered leadership and innovation that influences management of complex social-ecological systems.


We use our institutions of higher education to catalyze dialogue, knowledge generation and learning.

Our strategic plan sets three objectives:

  • Develop a cadre of competent professionals capable of influencing management of social-ecological systems toward sustainability
  • Develop an enabling environment that supports emergence and sustenance of an African Centered Community of Practice
  • Influence the management of social-ecological systems

The consortium involves five universities. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has long been involved in natural resource education, research and development activities.  The University of Namibia brings considerable expertise on community based conservation into the group and has a strong desire to build its research profile in Southern African conservation.  The Copperbelt University administers the only Zambian University Forestry programme and its expertise in tropical ecosystems to the group.  Monash South Africa offers significant strength in water leadership and governance. The University of Montana has a long tradition of excellence in research, service and education in natural resources. Each of the five Universities is interested in building its capability in natural resources higher education.


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Staying in touch

Secretariat Contact Details
Professor Bimo Nkhata, Monash South Africa.

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