Sharing rivers beyond fences and boundaries

A joint-seminar IFAS-Recherche | University of Mpumalanga

Seminar organised by Nicolas Verhaeghe (Mosaiques/Université Paris-Nanterre), the University of Mpumalanga, the Université Paris Nanterre and IFAS-Research
> Tuesday 12 November 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00
> University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, Building 6 – Boarding room

African rivers provide a wide range of services, resources, recreational and spiritual areas, sceneries, science playgrounds for both humans but also habitat, subsistence for the non human. Its diverse resources are to be shared for multiple needs (ecological reserve, basic human needs, economic, industrial, subsistence farming).

With a specific focus on the Lowveld transboundary rivers, this seminar aims to discuss some of the current stakes and transformation in rivers management approaches to widen the scales and enable connectivity of the rivers’ socioecological territories. How do the different stakeholders cope with evolving regulation and new organisational framework? What kind of strategies do they come up with to defend their stakes?

Nicolas Verhaeghe is a PhD candidate of the Université Paris-Nanterre (Laboratoire Mosaïques). Since his Master Degree, his research focuses on governance and cooperation in transboundary basins and rivers, with a case study on the Incomati River basin (shared between South Africa, Eswatini and Mozambique). Through his PhD Nicolas aims at exploring the decision processes driving the resources allocation and sharing of the Sabie River.

Nicolas received the scientific and logistic support of IFAS-Research to undertake his field research in 2018 and 2019 as part of the doctoral funding proposed in the research fellowship programme.