SALLnet ─ South African Limpopo Landscapes Network

In southern Africa the three land use types, rangelands, arable lands and orchards are strongly intertwined to multifunctional landscapes providing essential ecosystems services, notably plant production, biodiversity, pollination, and carbon sequestration, that are crucial for supporting local livelihoods.
Rapid climate change and strong increases in human population threaten these services and thereby human livelihoods in southern Africa.

In SALLnet we therefor ask the question, how functionality and resilience of the multifunctional landscapes in southern Africa under the conditions of climate change can be protected and food security can be enhanced.

We selected the Limpopo region as a case study area ─ besides of its diverse land use and biodiversity ─ because of its high spatiotemporal climatic variability. The region is particularly appealing to generalize the findings for a larger recommendation domain in southern Africa. In our case studies we aim at developing and testing new approaches and methods of land use focusing on interactions between the connected land use types. We will provide integrative tools and modelling platforms to develop land use scenarios and management options to enhance ecosystem resilience. And we will involve stakeholders in the entire research process to develop an overall risk evaluation, risk management strategies, and policy recommendations for a sustainable land use.
In SALLnet six German and five South African partner institutions cooperate. To meet the intricate requirements of the project, researchers from different disciplines such as Agroecology, Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Systems Modelling contribute to SALLnet.
The SALLnet project is one of nine German-South African research collaborations within the framework of the SPACES 2 programme, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and managed by Project Management Agency DLR with additional funding by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).