Dr Gregory Schreiner, CSIR Senior Environmental Assessment Practitioner
As a way of navigating increasing complexity and risk in social-ecological systems, the CSIR has been experimenting with new tools for modelling the interactions between humans and their environment, with the primary aim of enhancing authority decisions-making. This presentation discusses the case study of the Saldanha Bay Risk and Resilience Assessment, commissioned by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape in 2019. The presentation will discuss some of the novel systems modelling and risk assessment approaches adopted by the project team, as well as showcase how these approaches can help to identify decision-making pathways that orient toward sustainable development. The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning under the leadership of Marlene Laros and Melissa Naicker. Kelly Stroebel, Luanita Snyman-van der Walt and Paul Lochner, and numerous other CSIR experts, formed part of the project team.