Future Earth: Transformation Towards Sustainability

Future Earth: Transformation Towards Sustainability 2016-11-03T13:30:21+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: Dr Luthando Dziba, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Presenter: Dr Jon Padgham, Future Earth and START, United States of America
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dzibaDr Luthando Dziba
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
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Dr Luthando Dziba is an ecologist based at the CSIR where he, until recently, led the Ecosystem Services research area with three research groups undertaking cutting edge research and development on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Coastal Systems and Earth Observation. He is also the Head of the Technical Support Unit for the UN Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Africa Regional Ecosystem Assessment, which is hosted by the CSIR. His research interests include land use and land cover change in light of climate change, impacts of bush encroachment and invasive alien plants on biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as mainstreaming ecosystem services into planning and policy. He has been an expert advisor to the South African delegations in IPBES negotiations since 2012 and has chaired various IPBES plenary working groups. He is a member of the IPBES Task Force on Knowledge and Data and a Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES Africa Regional Ecosystem Assessment. He serves on several advisory boards and through these has contributed to strategic R&D leadership in the country. These include serving as an independent member of SANBI’s Board Committee on Research, Development and Innovation, Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Science Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Committee of Wits University’s Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute. Luthando has been involved with Future Earth (Africa Chapter) since its founding and has advised South Africa and specifically the NRF on its involvement in the activities and programmes of Future Earth at a global level. Luthando was recently appointed as CSIR’s Group Manager: Human Capital Development to help with development and transformation of scientist, engineer and technologist base of the CSIR. He maintains his science leadership role and supervises a number of MSc and PhD students.
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padghamDr Jon Padgham
Future Earth and START, United States of America
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Jon Padgham specializes in science capacity building. He holds a dual appointment with Future Earth and START through which he is developing capacity building collaborations in Africa and elsewhere. Prior to joining Future Earth, Jon was the Deputy Director at the International START Secretariat in Washington, DC, where he developed capacity building programs to advance research and policy applications of global environmental change science. His work helped strengthen analytical skills for applying climate model projections to adaptation decision making in Africa and helped advance understanding of climate change adaptation in drylands and of urban food systems in Africa and South Asia. Jon was a lead author on the Africa regional chapter of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. Jon holds a PhD in soil science from Cornell University.
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