The ACDI is a university-wide initiative at the University of Cape Town which supports collaborative research and training in climate change and development.



Friday, 3 July 2020
Marine microfibres: less plastic than predicted

Microfibres are fine strands of thread used to make clothing, carpeting and household items like mops. They are found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and throughout the world’s oceans. Natural, rather than synthetic, microfibres, though, make up the majority of those found in the ocean’s surface waters – despite the fact that currently two-thirds of all human-produced fibres are synthetic

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Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 12:30
The ocean’s genome: protecting and sharing it

The vast array of species that inhabit the oceans has already proven to be an important source of innovative resources, including enzymes for COVID-19 testing and a protein valuable in the fight against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. As World Oceans Day approaches on 8 June, Professor Rachel Wynberg, a member of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, explains how we can better protect and share the benefits from this biodiversity to ensure it continues to be a resource for future generations.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 12:30
ACDI's 5th Annual Early Career Researcher Conference

ACDI's Annual Early Career Researcher Conference will take place online from 5 – 7 October 2020. This year the theme of the conference is  “What does climate change mean for development in Africa?” Are you an Early Career Researcher from South Africa, Ghana or Kenya? Keen to get your research out there? Then submit your abstract! We are calling all Masters and PhD students, recent graduates and Postdocs to submit abstracts for virtual presentations. This year we are also accepting abstracts that tell a story about how COVID-19 affected your research plans. 

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Changing Land Use Patterns in Communal Areas of South Africa: Drivers, Consequences and Policy Implications

In this webinar recording, Prof Sheona Shackleton synthesises findings from several studies from South Africa to understand the observed shift away from field cultivation and other land use changes in communal areas of the country. This presentation formed part of the deagrarization webinar which took place on 5 May 2020, hosted by the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative

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