Tipping Points: the webinar series for topical discussions on issues affecting development and the environment in Africa

About this event

Tipping Points, the webinar series for topical discussions on issues affecting development and the environment in Africa, is brought to you by Oppenheimer Generations Research & Conservation. Join our second episode at1pm CAT on 25th March 2022 to discuss how a better understanding of African ecosystems can aid the development of evidence-based plans to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change on the continent.


Mthokozisi Moyo

Mthokozisi Moyo is a PhD student at the Global Change Institute and the School of Animal, Plants and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa. Supervised by Prof. Sally Archibald, Moyo’s current research focuses on describing spatial patterns and functional traits associated with wet-dry (rainfall) seasonality in Africa. Previously Moyo worked with Prof Bob Scholes on the phenology of the Enkangala grasslands, studying how growing seasons change in relation to changes in climate. Moyo has also worked as a Science Engagement Officer at the South African Environment Observation Network (SAEON) promoting environmental education to high school learners and educators.

Andy Cunliffe

Dr Cunliffe leads a research group studying Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Services (TESS Lab) at the University of Exeter and the ‘Oppenheimer Research Programme in African Landscape Systems’, a six-year programme of foundational and applied scientific work jointly funded by Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation and the University of Exeter (see more at https://opals-exeter.org/).

Andy has a broad background in physical geography, spanning multiscale remote sensing, dryland ecohydrology, environmental monitoring, ecosystem carbon dynamics and landscape systems thinking. The overarching aim of his research is to improve our understanding of how landscapes function and are managed for broader societal benefit.

About Tipping Points

Guided by Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation’s approach of asking the questions that matter, this solutions-based webinar series explores how we can step back from environmental tipping points and foster a sustainable future for both Africa’s people and nature.

Every month thought leaders, disruptors, and researchers gather to address key question for Africa’s future through an exploration of African environmental research, conservation, sustainability, and development.

Complex challenges have no quick fixes. Inclusive conversation that shares perspectives, uplifts African narratives, challenges conservation paradigms, and interrogates possible paths of action is critical in navigating complicated, interconnected issues.

Join the conversation in the last week of every month!

Find out more about OGRC at https://ogresearchconservation.org/

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