FoRel project featured in Mozambican national media
The Kanyaka Municipal District of Mozambique received the second phase of FoRel’s project activities last week. This phase consisted of the formation and training of a theatre group with young people from the local community of Inhaca Island, including young fishers who have been participating in the project’s activities since its inception. This phase was featured in the largest media outlets in Mozambique.
The island’s youth are being trained to continue with community awareness actions on the impacts of climate change and human activities on the island’s biodiversity and inhabitants. Dadivo José and Professor Marlino Mubai are coordinating the training; the Mozambique team also includes Professor Salomão Bandeira from UEM and Taís González from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Jornal da Comunidade, “Community Newspaper” of circulation region is a production of Eduardo Mondlane University. O País “The Country”, nationally distributed both reporting the activities of the second phase of FoRel on the island of Inhaca, Kanyaka District.
First phase of the project successfully carried out in Mozambique and draws attention from regional and national media
Between December 9th and 12th, the team from Mozambique, led by Professor Doctor Marlino Mubai, held a series of theatrical performances for the communities of Nhaquene, Ingwane and Ribzwene, on the Island of Inhaca, in the Kanyaka municipal district. The art-specialist in community mobilization, Dadivo José designed and directed the plays that had its cast composed by students of the Theatre Course at Eduardo Mondlane University. The plays were presented to communities that actively participated as the group used facilitation techniques that involve the audience such as forum, hot setting, or open dialogue. The plays were presented in a public space, outdoors, with no clear distinction between actors and spectators, which allowed spectators to interact with actors in the discussion of searching for solutions to the problems about climate change. Over the next two years, the youth from the island will be trained within the forum theatre to continue awareness-raising activities in the communities on the effects of climate change and human action on coastal resources of the island. The project’s action using forum theatre as part of its methodology was highlighted in a regional and a national newspapers.
Schlüter, M., Hertz, T., & Mancilla García, M. (2020). Social-Ecological Intertwinedness: An Attempt at a Clarification. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3727968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3727968
In this paper, the authors present different conceptualizations of social-ecological systems (SES) that has advanced from viewing SES as separate social and ecological systems to conceptualizing them as coupled or linked ecological and social systems (Berkes and Folke 1998), as embedded systems (Folke 2016, Folke et al. 2016), towards acknowledging that the social and the ecological are deeply intertwined (Folke et al. 2016). The new interpretation/understanding is the intertwinedness in intra-active processes and relations (Barad 2007, 2012). The paper ends by discussing some implications of this understanding of intertwinedness for the study of SES. This perspective is particularly relevant for the FoRel project, which understands social-ecological intertwinedness as the social and the ecological that co-constitute each other through processes of mutual referencing. Social-ecological processes are one (and not one social and one ecological).