Organizers and Support

This summer school is a collaborative effort of the following German and South African partners:

German Partners

  • Center for Development Research at Bonn University (ZEF)
  • The Global Nature Fund (GNF)
  • The International Center for Sustainable Development (IZNE) at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

South African Partners

  • The Wildlands Conservation Trust (WILDLANDS)
  • The University Kwa Zulu Natal, Geography Departement (UKZN)
  • The University Zululand (UniZulu)

The summer school is funded by the VW Foundation under the program “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa



The following persons support the organization of the summer school:

img_7701.jpgJana Schaffrath (Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany)







RoxeanneRoxanne Munsamy (Wildlands, South Africa) is an Environmentalist that has strong roots embedded within Environmental Science and Ecology. Roxanne has graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science (2013), BSc Honours in Environmental Science (2014) and MSc in Environmental Science (2017) (75%) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban-Westville. Roxanne’s MSc degree focused on terrain variability and its associated effects on the growth patterns of forests by using spatial data (LiDAR) and statistical modelling (random forest regression) techniques. Roxanne is also an avid GIS and Remote Sensing fundi. Roxanne joined Wildlands in 2017 through the WWF graduate development programme as an Ecological Scientist. She now works on community reforestation (Buffelsdraai CRP) and conservation related projects as an Ecologist and Project Administrator. Prior to joining WCT, Roxanne has worked on projects within the Environmental management sector and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her long-term goal is to be able to promote coexistence and cooperation with local communities and strategic partners to help enhance our biodiversity and conservation efforts.


MontleMondi Msomi (Wildlands, South Africa) received his B Com and B Com (Honours) degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 2012 and 2013 respectively and Master’s degree in commerce from the University of KZN, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in 2018. At a master’s level, his research focus and interest was in Risk Assessment of a non-profit organisation in the environmental sector. His long-term goal is to create risk management awareness within the non-profit and non-governmental sectors. In 2013, he joined Wildlands Conservation Trust family as a Groen Sebenza Intern. Since then, he has worked in various projects and programmes occupying exciting roles such as Grant administrator, Process coordinator, Project supply chain manager, Expanded public works project manager, and currently he is a Strategic manager of integrated greening programmes.