Dartmouth College


  • Developing a user friendly toolkit to assess socio-economic impacts and change of UCP partners' interventions
  • Ecofutures programme as a framework for effective rural youth integration into the green economy
  • Communicating the case for investing in Ecological Infrastructure
  • Land use cover change: tools for effective tracking

The first theme aims at developing a standardized protocol for UCP implementers to monitor and assess impacts linked to social ecological change, the outputs as benefit for UCP will be a simple tool to collect baselines and track over time so as to help quantify and articulate the impact of UCP's collaborative work. The second theme outlines the impact of Ecofutures with recommendation(s) for future Ecofutures programme designs resulting in a questionnaire or interview tool designs and data collection skills as well as synthesis skills, analytical skills, and report writing.
The third theme aims at developing a set of popular messaging tools or media relevant to South African citizens, to support suggested routes of investment for corporates to contribute to securing EI, then the last theme focuses on producing useful graphics of trends or findings for advocacy; recommendations to support planning or design and management interventions, as well as refining M&E systems with the expected outcomes of support and refinement with the M&E toolkit and MNP compliance verification.

Other Wishlist Ideas Include:

Dartmouth College group 2018

The aim of Dartmouth College is to build on each consecutive year, using previous year's lessons where possible, and expand the knowledge of the catchment to benefit the stakeholders. Our homestay concepts include the following points:

Continued inappropriate grazing and or burning practices are reflected in decreased vigour of the grass sward and then basal cover of the plants. There is an increase in topsoil erosion and a resulting decrease in soil fertility. As the grass vigour and cover decreases there is less forage available for the livestock, whose numbers rarely decrease in responce, especially in communally-managed areas. Thus the grazing pressure on the remaining grass actually increases and the rate of degradation accelerates; a typical self-reinforcing feedback. Ultimately, there is a near-complete loss of plant cover and topsoil, leaving a deeply scarred and almost entirely unproductive land surface.

By focusing on good governance and improved livelihoods from enhanced livestock production returns off healthy rangelands, we can promote catchment restoration, increased water security, and resilient communities with healthy ecological infrastructure in communal landscapes.