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Wageningen University (2015)

Scale framing in a landscape restoration process : the case of water in the Langkloof, South Africa

Mulkerrins, J.

Titre : Scale framing in a landscape restoration process : the case of water in the Langkloof, South Africa

Auteur : Mulkerrins, J.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2015

Résumé
Landscapes are presented here as complex social-ecological systems which play host to the multitude of entities, situated on multiple scales and levels with often competing productive and environmental needs and priorities. The dynamic cross-scale, cross-level interaction of these entities impact a landscape’s capacities to provide for the needs of its inhabitants and internal and external dependents. The analysis of scale framing, being the positioning of a frame at a specific scale or level, is posited as yielding useful information on scale dynamics, the understanding of which should provide benefits for the design, planning and implementation of a landscape restoration process. In this thesis, a scale frame analytical approach was applied in an effort to understand the scale dynamics around the Kouga River Catchment in the Langkloof, South Africa. The objective was to gain an understanding of relationship and interactional challenges which are impacting the situation on water provision and contributing to stagnation in the issue resolution process. A series of semi structured interviews were conducted with key actors including commercial farmers and various administrative officials, as well as a host of civil society actors and representatives of local organisations. The results show that while a host of temporal, spatial and administrative scale frame mismatches on a plurality of issues contribute to communication, knowledge sharing and networking disconnects which affect the achievement of water security, areas of common concern, shared ideas on how to progress and motivation toward improved relationships and a cross-level co-management structure, offer valuable entry points and positivity toward a coming landscape restoration process. The thesis concludes that awareness of the roles of scale framing in complex interactional processes allows scale frame analysis to be considered a useful analytical approach to understand scale dynamics in a landscape restoration process.

Mots clés : rural development - ecological restoration - landscape management - water security - interactions - social interaction - knowledge systems - south africa

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