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Wilder rangelands as a natural climate opportunity: linking climate action to biodiversity conservation and social transformation
Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7259-0498
Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, South Africa; Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), Grasslands, Forests and Wetlands Node, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3673-4105
Conservation International, Forrest House, Belmont Park, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9334-0669
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7089-524X
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2024 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Rangelands face threats from climate and land-use change, including inappropriate climate change mitigation initiatives such as tree planting in grassy ecosystems. The marginalization and impoverishment of rangeland communities and their indigenous knowledge systems, and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, are additional major challenges. To address these issues, we propose the wilder rangelands integrated framework, co-developed by South African and European scientists from diverse disciplines, as an opportunity to address the climate, livelihood, and biodiversity challenges in the world’s rangelands. More specifically, we present a Theory of Change to guide the design, monitoring, and evaluation of wilder rangelands. Through this, we aim to promote rangeland restoration, where local communities collaborate with regional and international actors to co-create new rangeland use models that simultaneously mitigate the impacts of climate change, restore biodiversity, and improve both ecosystem functioning and livelihoods.

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Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2024.
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Albedo, Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Methane, Natural disturbance, Nature-based solutions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220514DOI: 10.1007/s13280-023-01976-4Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85183771953OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-220514DiVA, id: diva2:1834736
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