Unpacking land degradation and the thorny issue of woody plant encroachment in South Africa.

Published online
13 Oct 2021
Published by
British Ecological Society
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Mani, S. & Osborne, C. P. & Cleaver, F.

Publication language
Africa South of Sahara & South Africa


In this work, the situation of land degradation in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa was analysed by adapting a natural resource governance framework and by conducting interviews with farmers. It showed that addressing land degradation requires an approach that simultaneously considers the historical land tenure policies, social and ecological factors in rangelands, and how the outcomes of unequal resource budgeting are interlinked at the global, national, and local levels.

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