Project lead: Gregg Brill
Who’s involved?: Gregg Brill, Pippin Anderson, Patrick O’Farrell
Project description: The research programme on ‘The consequences of global change for ecosystem service delivery in a biodiverse urban-park matrix’ falls under a broad global environmental change and ecosystem services ACCESS-funded project. The project will set out to articulate the diversity of values, benefits and trade-offs derived from water-related ecosystem services in Table Mountain National Park by residents living in the City of Cape Town.
The research aims to answer the following questions:
- What are the cultural ecosystem service values and benefits derived from a national park by communities residing in a metropolitan setting?
- What is the current resource-use value of ground water for communities accessing the Table Mountain Aquifer in the Peninsula Formation?
- How do anthropogenic changes in the landscape surrounding the Table Mountain National Park impact on aquatic ecological integrity and the delivery of water-related ecosystem services?
Does contemporary governance make allowance for the breadth of social, ecological and economic benefits and values emerging from ecosystem services in a national park in an urban centre?