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Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Rewilding in Southern Africa - An opportunity to re-think the role of local communities in conservation


The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch cordially invites you to a Speaker's meeting to be addressed by Elizabeth Aardenburg

The concept of "rewilding" has gained popularity in recent years, particularly in debates around the reintroduction of indigenous species into their former range areas (for example, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park). However, this concept has a broader application in reassessing the relationship between people and the natural environment. Initially focused on conservation debates in the global North, the concept of "rewilding" is now entering into the conservation discourse in developing countries, including South Africa. Elizabeth Aardenburg will be presenting her research on "rewilding" of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal. This case study and field research focuses on the role that indigenous people play in the regeneration of natural environments at the Eastern and Western Shores sections of the Park, and the effects of these "rewilding" strategies on local communities. Elizabeth Aardenburg is a master’s student in development studies from Lund University.


  • Jackie Sunde, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town
  • Thomas Cousins, senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University
  • Philile Mbatha, junior lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town

Venue: Cape Town

Date:    Wednesday 8 February 2017

Click here to read a Policy Briefing on The 2016 World Conservation Congress