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The 6th World Sustainability Forum

27 and 28 January 2017

University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town, South Africa.
An international scientific conference sponsored by the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the University of the Western Cape, University of Cape TownUniversity of Basel and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will be conferred at the conference dinner. The awards are endowed at USD 100'000 and USD 10'000, respectively.

Welcome by Beverly Damonse

The quest towards and for sustainability in Africa, in its broadest sense, is guided by recent comprehensive global and African policy instruments, which includes the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and especially the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024). These provide context within which progress in attaining sustainable development for improved quality of life can be collectively implemented, measured, and monitored at all levels of society. The role of STI in supporting and catalyzing sustainability cannot be underestimated, and has increasingly been highlighted. Indeed, the successful implementation of the policy instruments mentioned will be directly influenced by the inclusivity, innovation and collective action of science, and the research endeavor, for its success. Public funding agencies, like the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, play a significant national and increasingly global role in providing an enabling environment for research excellence that supports sustainability. It is in this context that the NRF is delighted and honored to be a strategic partner in hosting the 6th World Sustainability Forum on the African continent.

Science Granting Councils continue supporting researchers to shape the global agenda for sustainability as performers, advisers, and collaborators across all spheres of influence. The 70th General Assembly of the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Further extrapolated, the approach will provide (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; (2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; (3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and (5) Mutual understanding, peace and security – all of which are applicable to any range of disciplines to contribute to society’s development for the future. Using these five key areas as broad guidelines, the NRF will continue to support cutting-edge research in stimulating knowledge creation, in advancing systems of innovation in Africa, and increasingly contribute towards the global knowledge agenda. 

As evident from the rich range of abstracts submitted, discussions must also focus on capacity factors for our systems of innovation, especially in the African context. Momentum must be enhanced for our combined and innovative efforts in nurturing the next generation of researchers through harnessing international partnerships, increasing investments in the resourcing of this endeavor, and ensuring the production of ‘fit for purpose’ researchers to support and lead the immense task of addressing sustainability research from transdisciplinary, impact oriented, and collaborative perspectives.

The input of science to the sustainability discourse will only be sustainable in itself when and if the gender dimension cuts across all approaches. This aspect of diversity, among other factors, will contribute to the composition of resourceful research and management teams leading to better research outcomes. By asking gendered research questions, the results, findings, conclusions, and resultant products and services will take into consideration the abilities, needs, and concerns of both women and men, ensuring inclusive research and innovation.

The conference brings together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, private sector and civil society actors – all of them strategic stakeholders to ignite conversations and stimulate actions for our combined efforts in not only knowledge generation, but also capacitating our systems of innovation to effectively contribute to the sustainability discourse; and ultimately to our collective future.

Dr Beverly Damonse
Group Executive Science Engagement and Corporate Relations
National Research Foundation, South Africa

Welcome by Adipala Ekwamu

The 6th World Sustainability Forum is taking place for the first time in Africa – early in the journey towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With over a decade to 2030, we have the opportunity to reflect and set the direction and pace for the accelerated achievement of the set targets. Africa’s population recently surpassed 1 billion people, and is estimated to more than double by the year 2050. Capacity building through higher education, and particularly postgraduate education – and greater knowledge production – will be critical to the articulation and realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Education for sustainable development is a dynamic concept that encompasses a new vision for education: an education that can shape the world of tomorrow, equipping individuals and societies with the skills, perspectives, knowledge and value to live and work in a sustainable manner; and an education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural tradition and respect for all resources. It should therefore be the focus of tertiary education institutions for developing the required behaviour towards sustainability.

Sustainable development is an open-ended process, a vision that society must work towards, which may manifest in different ways and in different contexts. Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Higher education has an important responsibility to develop ideas and knowledge for improving Africa’s social and economic conditions for the sustainable development of Africa. Higher education institutions are better suited as agents of change and attaining sustainable development because they are closer to grass roots for education, training, and consultancy functions (Scott and Gough, 2006). The goal of higher education is to develop skills for life-long learning, and it is the institutions’ responsibility to empower students to become active in their paths of discovery, both at the level of subject expertise and the application of knowledge. Collaboratively and individually, education in higher education institutions is not simply about knowledge transfer and skills enhancement – it is also about working with people to take charge of their own lives in a shared world. It is also about emancipation and social relevance in its broadest sense.

Given the development challenges in developing countries such as energy (characterized by over-consumption of low grade traditional energy resources, contributing to soil erosion, reduced soil fertility and desertification encroachment); climate change; corruption; and diseases; the role of higher education in empowering citizens to develop and implement new and innovative strategies that are based on science needs to be better articulated.

The abstracts demonstrate the important contribution that knowledge can make towards sustainable development in Africa, and indeed the World, through innovation. The abstracts also show the importance and relevance of science, technology and innovation to enhancing sustainable development on the continent.

Prof Adipala Ekwamu
Executive Secretary
Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

Welcome from the Chairs of the 6th World Sustainability Forum

The adoption of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was accompanied by what insiders considered an optimism they have not experienced in relation to UN resolutions before. The relative efficiency in the drafting, the lack of trenches between East and West, or between North and South, and the unanimity of support of the 193 countries speak volumes. In stark contrast, sustainability and dealing with it could be the poster child for what Robert Horn called a social mess (2007: 6): “a set of interrelated problems … resistant to analysis and, more importantly, to resolution.” Characteristics of a social mess generally, and sustainability specifically, include an absence of a unique and correct solution, interrelatedness of problems, ideological constraints, multiple possible intervention points, resistance to change, value conflict, and political and economic constraints. While these are excellent ingredients for a thorough academic debate, the issues underpinning the sustainability debate are so urgent that, beyond academic reflection and research, much more is necessary than what academics, political leaders, administrators, industry, nations, communities, and individuals are habitually prepared to do.

Based on the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, sustainability refers to the “collective responsibility to advance and strengthen the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development — economic development, social development and environmental protection — at the local, national, regional and global levels.” Conference topics at this forum may include food, nutrition, agriculture, water, mining, technology, energy, economics, sustainable cities, land management, migration, lifestyles and consumption, business and management, and corruption.

The 6th World Sustainability Forum, for the first time held in Africa, contributes to international debates on sustainability and, more specifically, enables exchanges, which sensitise the international community to the urgency, specifics, and existent knowledge base of sustainability on the African continent, and the African research community about international perspectives on sustainability. To do justice to the topic, we included contributions not only from national and international academic perspectives, but we have also attracted a diverse audience that includes members from the political and business sectors. For better or worse, the next few decades will be marked by a profound engagement in sustainability research and policy – and Africa is profoundly influencing and being influenced by global developments. In stark contrast, sustainability seems to go against a changing economic and political tide, where waves of nationalism and protectionism from some of the most powerful countries risk the wellbeing of the rest of the world.

This is an excellent opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to engage with this topic, to become aware of the urgency of the issues, and to recognize individual, collective, and national opportunities associated therewith.

Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation of South Africa
Thandi Mgwebi, University of the Western Cape
Mark New, University of Cape Town
Manfred Max Bergman, University of Basel

Confirmed Main Speakers

HE Helene Budliger ArtiedaHE
Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of South Africa



Prof Jeffrey D. SachsJeff D Sachs
Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, USA

Prof Tyrone PretoriousPretorious
Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Prof Daya Reddy
Daya ReddyPresident-elect, International Council for Science (ICSU); Professor of Computation Mechanics, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Prof Frans SwanepoelFrans Swanepoel
Professor Future Africa, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa



Ms Joyene IsaacsJoyene Isaacs
Head of Department, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, South Africa



Prof Lidia BritoLidia Brito
Director of the Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development, UNESCO, France; Director of Help the Afghan Children (HTAC), Uruguay

Prof Klaus Leisinger
President of the Global Values Alliance Foundation; Professor of Sociology, University of Basel,Klaus Leisinger Switzerland

Dr Sylvester Mpandeli
Reserach Manager, Water Utilisation in Agriculture, Water Research Commission, South Africa

Prof Masafumi NagaoMasafumi Nagao

Visiting Professor and Programme Adviser, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University, Japan

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng
Mamokgeti PhakengDVC Research and Internationalisation, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Prof Teboho MojaTeboho Moja
Professor in Higher Education, New York University, USA


Prof Norman Duncan
Norman DuncanVice-Principal, University of Pretoria, South Africa



Bongiwe Njobe
Executive Director (Founder), ZANAC Foundation



Prof Lise Korsten
Co-Chair of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of Pretoria, South Africa



Prof Francis Petersen
DVC Institutional Innovation, University of Cape Town; and Vice-Chancellor-designate, University of the Free State, South Africa


Prof Voster MuchenjeVoster
Chair in Food Security, University of Fort Hare, South Africa 



Chairs Parallel Sessions

Dr Christian AcemahChristian Acemah
Executive Director of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Uganda

Prof Neil Armitage
Head of Department Urban Water Management, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Prof Max BergmanMax Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland; UNESCO National Commission, Switzerland


Prof Terence Centner
Professor Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, USA


Prof Tim Cresswell
Professor Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof Dee BradshawDee Bradshaw
Director, Minerals to Metals, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Prof Kennedy DzamaKen Dzama
Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


Prof Manfred FishedickManfred Fishedick
Professor Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, Germany



Prof Antonio FrattariAntonio Frattari
Professor Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy



Prof Alexandros GasparatosAlexandros Gasparatos
Integrated Research System on Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo, Japan



Prof Nikolaus KuhnKuhn
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland 

Dr Litha Magingxa
Agricultural Economics and Capacity Development, ARC, Pretoria, South Africa

Prof Julian MayJulian May

Director of the Institute for Social Development (ISD), University of the Western Cape, South Africa



Mr Marcel Mballa-EkobenaMballa-Ekobena
Managing Director Tomagro Coop


Prof Voster MuchenjeVoster
Chair in Food Security, University of Fort Hare, South Africa



Prof Felix MuesgensFelix Muesgens
Professor Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany

Dr Oladoyin Odubanjo
OdubanjoThe Nigerian Academy of Science, University of Lagos, Nigeria



Prof Suzan Oelofse
Suzan Oelofse
CSIR Principal Researcher, Pretoria, South Africa


Dr. Shola OloladeShola

Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State, South Africa


Prof Linus OparaLinus Opara

South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Prof Marc RosenMarc Rosen
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Sustainability; Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario, Canada

Dr Henri RueffRueff
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford


Prof Mary ScholesMary Scholes

Professor of Botany, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Dr Sally StansfieldSally Stansfield

Director in the Social Impact Consulting Practice, Deloitte Consulting, Switzerland


Mr Matthias Stucki

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, Wädenswil, Switzerland 



Prof Harro von Blottnitz
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa



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Executive Committee


Dr Aldo Stroebel
Executive Director, National Research Foundation, South AfricaAldo Stroebel



Prof Thandi Mgwebi
Director of Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africathandi




Prof Mark NewMark New
Director and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Climate Change, University of Cape Town



Max BergmanProf Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland; UNESCO National Commission, Switzerland






Dr Bimal AroraBimal Arora
Chairperson, Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), India



Prof Guéladio CisséCisse
Professor of Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland


Prof Alice Pell
International Professor of Animal Science, Cornell University, USAAlice Pell



Prof Marc A. RosenMarc Rosen
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Sustainability; Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario, Canada


Prof Mary ScholesMary Scholes

Professor of Botany, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Prof Frans SwanepoelFrans Swanepoel

Professor Future Africa, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa




List of current presenters

Parallel Sessions – Day One – 27 January 2017 – 14:15-16:15

WEFNL: Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Local Perspective

Panel chair: Dr Olusola (Shola) Ololade - Venue: VOC-A

List of Accepted Abstracts (6)

Sustainable Resource Use through Water–Energy–Food Nexus Analysis
by Olusola Oluwayemisi Ololade  *

Managing the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in a Frontier Economy: The Case of Kenya
by Jeremy Wakeford  *

Water Footprint Assessment to Inform Sustainable Food Production in South Africa
by Henry Jordaan  *, Frikkie Mare Enoch Owusu-Sekyere Morne Scheepers Pascalina Mohlotsane Phoka Nkhoua

Rethinking Biofuel Production from Agricultural Wastes in South Africa under Water Availability Constraints
by Olusola Oluwayemisi Ololade  *, Bridget Tshikalange Audrey Dale Levine

A Water–Energy–Food Nexus Perspective for Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa
by Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi  *, Sylvester Mpandeli Luxon Nhamo Amos Madhlopa Albert Thembinkosi Modi

Water–Energy–Food Nexus: Opportunities and Challenges for Southern Africa
by Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi  *, Sylvester Mpandeli Luxon Nhamo Amos Madhlopa Albert Thembinkosi Modi

SACCW: Sustainable Agriculture: Climate Change and Water-related Issues

Panel chair: Prof Linus Opara - Venue: VOC-B

List of Accepted Abstracts (6)

Small-Scale Farmers' Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change: A Case Study of Sagole Women Farmers in Limpopo Province, South Africa
by Agnes Rankoana  *

Does Coffee Producers' Transition to Cocoa Respond to a Sustainable Strategy to Cope with Climate Change?: Mapping Probabilities for Crop Diversification in Nicaragua
by Sonia Quiroga  *, Cristina Suarez Juan Diego Solís Pablo Martínez-Juárez

Vulnerability of Maize Yields to Droughts in Uganda
by Terence Epule Epule  *

Patterns of Dekadal Rainfall Variation over a Selected Region in Lake Victoria Basin, Uganda
by Isaac Mugume  *

Developing Decision Support Tools for Improving Agricultural Sustainablity in Africa
by Kevin Jan Duffy  *, Tirivashe Phillip Masere

The Redesign of Sustainable Agricultural Crop Ecosystems by Increasing Natural Ecosystem Services Provided by Insects
by Astrid Jankielsohn  *

DSC: Designing Sustainable Cities

Panel chair: Prof Antonio Frattari - Venue: Paarl

List of Accepted Abstracts (6)

Changing the Way We Treat Death: From Disposal to Positive Contribution
by Meredyth Mellor  *

Using Urban Metabolism as a Guiding Concept for Sustainable Infrastructure Planning in Cape Town
by Paul Currie  *, Megan Davies  *

Assessing Urban Sustainability: Applying the DSR Framework in Urban Areas by Incorporating Remote Sensing Technologies
by Yusuf A. Aina  *, Alex Wafer Habib M. Alshuwaikhat

Designing with a Sustainable Approach for Affordable Housing Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa
by Olukayode Olawale Alao  *

Linking Landscape Based Stormwater Management with Household and Community Livelihoods in Two African Cities
by Kumelachew Yeshitela  *, Tatu Limbumba Liku Workalemahu Ketema Abebe Lise Herslund

Green Building Culture and Energy Conservation in the Townships
by Antonio Frattari  *, Williams kehinde Kupolati Federico Berghi

UMT: Understanding Mobility Transitions

Panel chair: Prof Tim Creswell - Venue: Stellenbosch

List of Accepted Abstracts (6)

Mid-Size Urban Areas, Between Local and Global Issues: When the Will for a Sustainable Mobility Turn Faces Local Issues
by Bénédicte Rey  *, Fabienne Picard  *

An Holistic Approach to Mobility Transitions
by Tim Cresswell  *

The 2015 Mobile Lifestyle Aspirations Survey
by Sylvie Landriève  *, Christophe Gay  *, Marc Pearce  *

Sustainable Mobility Transitions and Policy: Assessing Governance Practices for Low-Carbon Mobilities Futures.
by Cristina Temenos  *

Mobility Transitions: Between Scarcity and Austerity
by Anna Nikolaeva  *

(Neo)Liberal Mobility Transitions: Downloading and Distributing Responsibility
by Peter Adey  *

PFSD: Policy Frameworks for Sustainable Development

Panel chair: Prof Mary Scholes - Venue: Constantia

List of Accepted Abstracts (5)

Experimentation, Governance and Sustainability Transitions in the REIPPPP: A Transdisciplinary Case Study of the ZF Mgcawa Development Coordination Forum
by Megan Davies  *, Mark Swilling

Strategies Used by Activists in Israeli Environmental Campaigns: Policy and Practice Implications
by Edith Blit-Cohen  *, Ariella Cwikel  *

Policy Relevant Evidence for South African Green Economy and Environmental Sustainability Transitions (PRE-SAGEEST) 2009–2016
by Mapula Tshangela  *

Journey towards One Vision, One Plan, and One Value System: The Case of Hessequa Municipality
by Elaine Fouche  *, Alan Brent

Review of Sustainability Indicators at the Level of the European Union and the National and Regional Level of the Federal Republic of Germany
by Dorothea Schostok  *, Oscar Reutter Manfred Fischedick

RESTSD: The Role of Education, Science and Technology in Sustainable Development

Panel chair: Dr. Christian Acemah - Venue: Villa

List of Accepted Abstracts (7)

Building an Interdisciplinary Framework for Strong Sustainable Educational Design: A System-Of-Systems View
by Niclas Sandström  *, Veijo Hytti

Are Citation Impact Indicators of Research Performance of Any Use in the Developing Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa?
by Desiree Sehlapelo  *

The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Green Campus Initiative (GCI) in Nigeria.
by Adenike Akinsemolu  *, Toluwanimi Kolawole  *

The Transition to Sustainability as Value Transition—the Role of Universities
by Carolina Suransky  *, Henk Antonius Manschot

The Future of NRW—Participation of the Youth as Part of a Social Transformation Towards Sustainable Development
by Mona Treude  *, Dorothea Schostok Oscar Reutter Manfred Fischedick

Digital Transformation of Non-Formal Education: Can MOOCs Support Under-represented Target Groups Such as Women in STEM?
by Catrina Grella  *

Towards Sustainably-Minded Citizens in the Southeastern United States: A Paradigm Shift in Higher Education
by Edwin Akins Maria Kalamas Hedden  *, RC Paul Vanessa Slinger-Friedman Roneisha Worthy Pegah Zamani

Parallel Sessions – Day Two – 28 January 2017 – 10:30-12:30

PCTMISFS: Potentialities of Clean Technologies and Management Implications for Sustainable Food Systems

Panel chair: Matthias Stucki & Prof Harro von Blottnitz - Venue: Stellenbosch

List of Accepted Abstracts (7)

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Lock-In – a Double-Edged Trap Generated by Rigidity and Poverty in Food Systems
by Anna Kuokkanen  *, Helena Kahiluoto Hanna Mäkinen

The Urban End of Food Value Chains in Secondary African Cities
by Lesley Sibanda  *, Harro von Blottnitz  *

Green Technologies for Food Production: The Mitigation Potential in Cereal, Fruit and Dairy Value Chains
by Matthias Stucki  *, Deborah Scharfy

LEAP-FAO Progress on Water Footprints and Water Impact Quantification
by Valentina Russo  *

Productive Uses of Energy: Gender and the Informal Sector
by Nthabiseng Mohlakoana  *, Jiska de Groot  *, Hans Bressers  *

The Great African Cook-Off – Exploring User Preferences for Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) Through Participatory Multi-Criteria Analysis
by Jiska De Groot  *, Charlotte Ray

Resource-Efficiency and Pollution Reduction Effects of Wood Stoves in Road-Side Food Preparation
by Rissa Niyobuhungiro  *, Harro Von Blottnitz

CCPF: Climate Change Policy Frameworks

Panel chair: Prof Manfred Fishedick - Venue: VOC-A

List of Accepted Abstracts (5)

Vision Development towards a Sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia 2030 in Science-Practice-Dialogue. Approach, Results and Lessons Learnt from the Sustainable Strategy Formulation Process in the Federal State of NRW
by Manfred Fischedick Oscar Reutter Miriam Müller Mona Treude Dorothea Schostok  *

How Effective Are Carbon Offset Projects at Delivering Sustainable Livelihood Benefits in South Africa?
by Jana Hofmann  *

Quantitative and Qualitative Effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment
by Leila Neimane  *

Toward a Theoretical Framework for Studying Climate Change Policies: Insights From the Case Study of Singapore
by Ai Sian Ng  *, May Oo Lwin Augustine Pang

Reviving the Desakota Concept to Address Climate and Disaster Risks in Urbanizing Regions of India
by Sumetee Gajjar  *

SSAC: Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation

Panel chair: Prof Alexandros Gasparatos - Part 1 - 10:30-12:30 - Dr Litha Magingxa - Part 2 - 16:00-17:30 - Venue: VOC-B

List of Accepted Abstracts (7)

On the Potential of Forest Ecosystems to Supply Forage Resources to Managed Honey Bees: Implications for Sustainable Beekeeping Activities and Pollination-Based Agriculture in Limpopo Province (South Africa)
by Sylvanus Mensah  *, Ruan Veldtman Thomas Seifert

Uptake of On-Farm Processing of Organic Waste
by Anouschka Groeneveld  *, Martha Bakker Jack Peerlings Wim Heijman

Rethinking African’s Hope of Achieving BioHappiness by 2050 in a Rapidly Changing Time
by Catherine V Nnamani  *, Sola A Ajayi Happiness Ogba Oselebe Christopher Atkinson

The Challenges of Organic Farming in Arid Regions
by Rhonda R. Janke  *, Tamam Khawalda Rasha Istaiteye

The economics of landscape restoration: Benefits of controlling bush encroachment and invasive plant species in South Africa
by William Stafford  *, James Blignaut Christo Marais

Ecology and Epidemiology of Wild and Domestic Suids With Special Reference to African Swine Fever (ASF), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Aujeszky Disease (AD) in Ndumo Game Reserve (NGR), South Africa.
by Cynthia Mapendere  *, Eric Etter J. Willem H. Ferguson Ferran Jori

Seeds Without Borders: Towards Participatory Quinoa Variety Development and Seed Sovereignty in Rwanda, Ecuador, and the USA
by Kevin Murphy  *, Leonardo Hinojosa Nicolas Pichazaca Mayancela Julianne Kellogg Cedric Habiyaremye

SC: Sustainable Consumption

Panel chair: Dr Nadine Sonnenberg - Venue: Villa

List of Accepted Abstracts (4)

Assessment of Consumers' Stated Preferences for Water and Carbon Footprint Sustainability Information: Insights from the Gauteng Province of South Africa
by Enoch Owusu-Sekyere  *, Yondela Y. Mahlathi Henry Jordaan

Food Waste in South Africa: Understanding the Magnitude, Water Footprint and Cost
by Suzan Oelofse  *

The Pursuit of Subjective Well-Being and Conscientious Decision Making in the South African White Goods Industry
by Lorna Christie Nadine Cynthia Sonnenberg  *

Food Waste – Who's to Blame?
by Nadene Marx-Pienaar Nadine Cynthia Sonnenberg  *, Shandre Candiotes

GEC: Geography and Environmental Change

Panel chair: Prof Nikolaus Kuhn & Dr Henri Rueff - Venue: Paarl

List of Accepted Abstracts (4)

Analysing Landscape Change in the Karoo Rangelands
by Juliane Krenz  *, Philip Greenwood Brigitte Kuhn Goswn Heckrath Nikolaus Kuhn

Rangelands – a Closing Sink for Atmospheric Carbon?
by Nikolaus J. Kuhn  *

Economics of Dryland No-Till Wheat Supports Climate Change Adaptation
by Henri Rueff  *

Sustainability in a Megadiverse Country: Agroforestry Contribution to Biological and Cultural Conservation in Colombia
by Gabriel J. Colorado Z.  *

CS: Corporate Sustainability

Panel chair: Prof Max Bergman - Venue: Constantia

List of Accepted Abstracts (5)

Involvement of Chinese Corporations in Africa from the Chinese Perspective
by Lena Berger  *, Jin Ding Laura Lämmli Manfred Max Bergman  *

A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Firm Performance in SMEs in Zambia
by Progress Choongo  *, Enno Masurel Elco van Burg John Lungu

Reporting on Long-Term Value Creation: A Longitudinal Analysis of Canadian Public Energy and Mining Companies
by Petra Dilling  *

Resilience and Its Application in Corporate Sustainability
by Lorren Haywood  *

An Empirical Analysis of DJWSI Data to Determine Industry Specific Global Corporate Sustainability Trends 2005–2016
by Steven T. Barber  *, Garrett Macdonald

Parallel Sessions – Day Two – 28 January 2017 – 13:30-15:30

SAFS: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Panel chair: Prof Ken Dzama - Venue: Villa

List of Accepted Abstracts (8)

Sustainable Production of Honeybush Amongst Smal-Scale Producers: Barriers and Opportunities.
by Rhoda Malgas  *, Shayne Jacobs Karen Esler

Indicator Based Sustainability Assessment of the Smallholder Cattle Production System in South Africa
by Tawanda Marandure Cletos Mapiye  *, Godswill Makombe Kennedy Dzama

Sustainability and Food Security
by Tawanda Marandure  *, Kennedy Dzama

Offtake and Genetic Diversity as Indicators of Sustainability for Smallholder Sheep Farming Systems in the Western Cape, South Africa
by Annelin Molotsi  *, Simon Oosting  *, Schalk Cloete  *, Kennedy Dzama  *

The Meat Naturally Sustainability Model: Linking Landscape and Livelihood Benefits Through Rangeland Stewardship and Entrepreneurship
by Heidi-Jayne Hawkins  *, Nicky McLoed Sissie Matela Tennille Rhode Gerbrand Nel Halcyone Muller Nompendulo Mgwali Nolubabalo Kwayimani Rosanne Stanway Sinegugu Zukulu Ronald Newman Sarah Rose Frazee

Developing Phosphorus Vulnerability Matrix and demonstrating its application for a developing country, like India
by Madhuri Nanda  *, Arun Kansal

Exploring the Untapped Potential of China's Role in African Agriculture Development
by Lawal Marafa  *

A Spatial Analysis of Effectiveness of Eradication of Invasive Species in Improving Grazing for Marginal Livestock Economies in Dryland of Matabeleland South Region, Zimbabwe: A Focus on Lantana camara and Opuntia fulgida
by Oliver Dube  *, Joy-Noeleen Ndlovu Ntandoyenkosi A Ncube

RCC: Responding to Climate Change

Panel chair: Prof Voster Muchenje - Venue: Paarl

List of Accepted Abstracts (7)

Coastal Disaster Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development under Climate Change in Taiwan
by Lien Kwei Chien  *, Ching-Chieh Hsieh Wei-Po Huang

Climate Change Predicted to Increase, Decrease, or Not Change Growth and Water Yield Depending on Mean Annual Temperature of Loblolly Pine Forests in Southeastern U.S.
by Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Benecke  *, Robert O Teskey Timothy A Martin Heather D Aldridge

Soil and Water Resources Deterioration and Preservation Perspectives in Three Intensively Cultivated Basins of Greece
by Andreas Panagopoulos  *, Ioannis Vrouhakis Andreas Ilias Sofia Stathaki Paschalis Dalambakis Evangelos Hatzigiannakis Aikaterini Karyoti Iordanis Pappoutsoglou Theodore Karyotis George Arampatzis

Flood: A Threat to Sustainable City Development in South Western Parts of Nigeria
by Akeem Olawale Olaniyi  *, Bashiru Adeniyi Adegbite

Effects of 2010 Flood Event on Women in Cotonou City (Benin)
by Blandine Ouikotan  *, Hans van der Kwast

Eco-Nest in the Tropical Sunshine
by Shandara Arbab  *

Exploring the Role of Institutional and Policy Framework in Water Resource Monitoring and Management in a Sub-Saharan African Context: A Study of the Gauteng Province, South Africa
by Simphiwe Chabalala Danny Simatele  *

SCM: Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing

Panel chair: Prof Marc Rosen - Venue: VOC-A

List of Accepted Abstracts (9)

Built Cultural Heritage as a Catalyst of Environmental Sustainability: A Pragmatic Paradigm for Anthropocene
by Obafemi A.P Olukoya  *

A Survey on the State of Energy Efficiency Adoption and Related Challenges Amongst Selected Manufacturing SMMEs in the Booysens Area of Johannesburg
by Njabulo Kambule  *

Effect of Maintenance on Sustainability of Infrastructures
by Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke  *, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa Kehinde Olumide Ologuntuyi

Sustainable Approaches to Greywater Recycling
by Manoj Kumar Tiwari  *, Raj Shekhar Bose

Thermal Materials for CSP Plants: LCOE Evaluation for Performance Improvement Using Chilean Strategic Lithium Salts
by Raul ORyan  *, Gustavo Caceres Macarena Montané Shahriyar Nasirov

Treatment of Textile Wastewater in a Combined Hydrodynamic Cavitation, Fenton Process and Nano-Zero Valent Iron (NZVI) System
by Kassim Olasunkanmi Badmus  *, Ninette Irakoze Leslie Petrik

Additive Manufacturing Aided Product Development Processes—Potentials for Economic and Environmental Benefits
by Maija Leino  *, Ville Uusitalo

Waste Paper Biochar as a Sustainable Carbon Black Pigment Replacement in Printing Inks
by Steven T. Barber  *, Thomas A. Trabold

Cassava Processing Systems and Effluent Management Techniques in Southwest Nigeria: Challenges and Environmental Risk Implications
by Nurudee Samuel Lawal  *, Kolawole Ogedengbe Olukayode Smith Ojo

REH: Renewable Energy and Housing

Panel chair: Prof Felix Muesgens - Venue: VOC-B

List of Accepted Abstracts (5)

The German Energiewende – Promoting Renewable Energy for Worldwide Expansion
by Felix Muesgens  *

What Is the Role of Consumers in the Transition Towards Low Carbon Living?
by Anna Claudelin  *, Maija Leino Suvi Konsti-Laakso Ville Uusitalo

Characteristics of Calabar Tidal Resource: Patterns and Relationship to Sustainable Clean Energy
by Collins Nwaokocha  *, Mufutau A. Waheed Abayomi T. Layeni Olumuyiwa A. Lasode Solomon O. Giwa

Assessing the Sustainability of Small Scale Renewable Energy Projects in South Africa by Means of EIA Quality Review
by Isaac Tebogo Rampedi  *, Daniel Sarel Boshoff Olusola Oluwayemisi Ololade

Consumer Values and Attitudes towards Low Carbon Living: Finnish Perspective
by Suvi Konsti-Laakso  *, Maija Leino Anna Claudelin Ville Uusitalo

MCSD: Mining as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development

Panel chair: Prof Dee Bradshaw - Part 1: 13:30-15:30 - Part 2: 16:00-17:30 - Venue: Stellenbosch

List of Accepted Abstracts (11)

Coal Fly Ash Beneficiation- Vital for Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Southern Africa
by Omotola Babajide Sammy Nyale  *, Nicholas Musyoka  *, Leslie Petrik  *

Sustainable Communities: Communities and Natural Resource Management
by Michael Solomon  *

Integrated Water Management for Mining Operations and Local Communities: South African Case Studies
by Jennifer Broadhurst  *

Impact of Gas Flaring on the Vitamin Composition of Selected Edible Vegetables in the Niger Delta Area of Nigeria.
by Doris Akachukwu  *, Michael Adedapo Gbadegesin Philippa Chinyere Ojimelukwe

The Mining Industry as a Driver of Innovation Toward the Transition to a Green Economy
by Corey Beavon  *

Human and Social Capital Development Contributions of the Richards Bay Minerals Industry Cluster
by Shuhei Kato  *, Anthony Black  *, Harro von Blottnitz  *

Effectiveness of Biodiversity Offset Strategies in South Africa: Current Perceptions and Views in the Mining Industry
by Isaac Tebogo Rampedi  *, Edwynn Walter Louw Jayne Margaret Rogerson

Synthesis of a Plant-Based Dust Suppressant for Use in Coal Mines in Mozambique
by Isaias Mutombo Mafavisse  *, Roberto Wagner Lourenço Valquíria de Campos

Assessing Mine-Related Water Quality Using Remote Sensing
by Aros Ndlovu  *, Solomon Tesfamichael

Mining as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development: Sustainability as a Source of Innovation
by Brian Chicksen  *, Dee Bradshaw  *

Mining as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development
by Dee Bradshaw  *

CSF: Corporate Sustainability and Finance

Panel chair: Marcel Mballa-Ekobena - Venue: Constantia

List of Accepted Abstracts (5)

Ecopreneurship and Green Product Initiative as a Panacea for Sustainable Green Trade Development in Nigeria
by Mayowa Oludele Solaja  *

Corporate Environmental Engagement in China
by Cubie Lau Zinette Bergman  *, Manfred Max Bergman

The Nexus between Sustainable and Value Investing
by Florian Schaller  *, Lars Kaiser

A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Research and Practice: Linking an Organisation's Strategic Planning with a National Vision for a Sustainable Future - the Case of FNB Namibia
by Chanel Venter  *, Nina Louw

Partnership between Commercial Banks and Government in Facilitating Funding Opportunities for Female Entrepreneurs in South Africa
by Zinzi Magoda  *

Parallel Sessions – Day Two – 28 January 2017 – 16:00-17:30

WEFNG: Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Global Perspective

Panel chair: Prof Julian May - Venue: VOC-A

List of Accepted Abstracts (3)

Sustainable Development and Water–Energy–Food Nexus: MuSIASEM vs BIPLOT Perspectives
by Nathalia Diazibeth Tejedor-Flores  *

The SustUrbanFoods Project: Challenges in Accounting for the Sustainability of Complex Urban Food Systems
by Esther Sanyé-Mengual  *, Francesco Orsini Giorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto

Comparing Two Prominent Approaches to Assess Water Use Sustainability and Their Implications for Food Systems
by Anna Kuokkanen  *, Maija Leino Ville Uusitalo

DSWR: Developing Sustainable Water Resources

Panel chair: Prof Neil Armitrage - Venue: Paarl

List of Accepted Abstracts (4)

Dimensions of Future Water Security – a Global Hydro-Economic Classification of Water Challenges
by Sylvia Tramberend  *, Günther Fischer Yusuke Satoh William Cosgrove Simon Langan Taher Kahil Eva Hizsnyik Edward Byers Peter Burek Martina Flörke Naota Hanasaki Somayeh shadkam Piotr Magnusziewski Yoshihide Wada

Fe0-Based Filtration Systems for Universal Access to Safe Drinking Water
by Chicgoua Noubactep  *

Stormwater as a Resource for Water Supply and Urban Agriculture in Cape Town
by John Okedi Neil Philip Armitage  *, Kirsty Jane Carden

Review on the Analysis of Trace Metals in the Unsaturated Zone of Cemetery Soils
by Francisco Carlos da Silva  *, Paulo Sergio Tonello  *, Valquíria de Campos  *

SH: Sustainability and Health

Panel chair: Dr Sally Stansfield and Dr Oladoyin Odubanjo - Venue: Constantia

List of Accepted Abstracts (2)

Global Health Governance and the 2030 Development Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa
by Obijiofor Aginam  *

Trends of Climatic Variables and Possible Health Impacts: A Comparative Study of Ghana and Nigeria
by Sylvia Ankamah  *, Esimai Peju Sari Kovats Kaku Sagary Nokoe

SMO: Sustainable Mobility

Panel chair: Prof Alexandros Gasparatos - Venue: Constantia

List of Accepted Abstracts (2)

Sustainable Mobility: Access of Metrorail Commuters in the Western Cape
by Zinette Bergman  *, Manfred Max Bergman

Travel Demand Analysis for an Innovative Car Sharing Electric Vehicle System
by Stefano Carrese Tommaso Giacchetti Marialisa Nigro  *, Sergio Maria Patella

SCRC: Sustainable Consumption Regulation and Communication

Panel chair: Prof Terence Centner - Venue: Villa

List of Accepted Abstracts (3)

Delivering Global Impacts Through Certification and Ecolabelling
by Michael Marriott  *, David Agnew  *, Catherine Longo  *

Relating Sustainability to Regulations Overseeing Food Products
by Terence Centner  *

Morality and Climate Change: Detailing the Communication Challenges Based on Survey Data
by Johan Jansson  *

Submissions not assigned to panels

List of Accepted Abstracts (4)

Sustainability and Competitiveness at the Regional Level: An Empirical Approach to Analyze the Stakeholders' Relationship of Firms
by M. Isabel Sanchez-Hernandez  *

A Management Database for Sustainable Cattle Production by Emerging Cattle Farmers in South Africa
by Obvious Mapiye  *

Assessing Water Quality from the Diversity of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities in Rivers of the Albertine Rift Region in Western Uganda
by Peace Liz Sasha Musonge  *

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Functional Feeding Groups Patterns in Afro-Montane Rivers Relative to Physical Variables Land-Use and Physical Variables in Southwestern Uganda
by Peace Liz Sasha Musonge  *

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