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Case Studies: Sustainability in Africa


Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development in Africa: Case Study on Central Africa by CHARLES TAKOYOH EYONG

From 2007, the most recent article I found. It is a PDF. It gives examples,
discusses plants & uses, agriculture, food habits, conservation,
all kinds of really useful stuff. Also gives great information on
problems, and considerations for the future. If you want to know about
it- go read it. Fantastic. PDF. Also requires high reading level.

From the conclusion: " While
these systems are treated as having a high
sustainability potential in the region, this paper
falls short of advocating a complete return to the
traditional (old times) values but rather questions
why they have to be abandoned in preference for
supposedly modern but unsustainable and alien
values when they could have been revived and
adapted to changing realities."


"National Botanical Institute in South Africa is a state-funded
statutory organisation responsible for botanical gardens, herbaria,
botanical research and environmental education programmes in five of
the nine provinces of South Africa."

This article discusses their program, how it was developed and implemented and its outcome. Very good read for those interested!

From: http://www.sustainable-everyday.net/ccsla/?p=116#more-116

Discusses the project : Creative Communities for Sustainable Lifestyles. They have a Division in South Africia , Johannesburg. If you want to learn more information, or contact them, I suggest that you download the brochure and see how their project is going! They started workshops in Feb. 2009, so a year of workshops just ended. They have iniatives all over the world, so it may be a good lead for some people.


Discusses the use of natural medicine in South Africia and growing it. It is pretty short and provides a brief overview of the program using a commericial greenhouse and providing workshops, to teach and explain about natural medicine and endangered plant species.

Also in South Africia:

"In our workshops we tried to move away from the traditionally held view that environmental education refers purely to the physical environment, to a view that links social, political and economic
processes to natural systems. We initiated an issues-based approach, in
an attempt to deal with issues identified as important in the daily
lives of the learners, and also to encourage teachers to look beyond
the confines of the classroom for teaching and learning resources and

Examples of some of the issues identified in the schools:

  • poor state of school yard and garden
  • poverty
  • dumping and littering
  • inability to establish a vegetable garden
  • vandalism
  • drug abuse
  • unhealthy sanitation at school
  • water wastage"

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=5&a... * very good!

This is a 26 page case study of a****sing community reliance to climate change in Sudan. So worth reading. Very academic- requires probobly atleast a high school graduate reading level (US standard) for those who may be younger and/or English is not your first language.

A quote describing what they did: "To demonstrate the use of sustainable livelihood framework for measuring the
adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change impacts, the framework
was applied to a****s a pilot project, Community-Based Rangeland Rehabilitation
for Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity. The pilot project was implemented in
Gireighikh, Bara Province of North Kordofan State with a grant from the United
National Development Program, Global Environment Facility."

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Comment by Michele Baron on March 14, 2010 at 2:14am
Thank you for info!
Comment by Bongumusa on March 14, 2010 at 8:19am
Well done. You have given us a lot of information with their source. I will suggest +1 on resourcefulness.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 14, 2010 at 6:56pm
Great info!!!


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