Over the past several decades, the world's population has been rapidly urbanising, which has resulted in a marked shift of global population from rural to urban areas. Despite the economic prospects normally synonymous with urbanisation, the current speed and scale of urban transformation come with formidable challenges to contemporary urban society. Against this backdrop, this study portrays urban foraging, a component of urban provisioning ecosystem services, as a key strategy towards promoting livelihood resilience and reduced vulnerability, especially of the urban poor. The study findings demonstrate that urban foraging is integral to livelihoods and traditions, it provided household energy, dietary diversity, health, and cultural affirmation, among others.
Hesekia Garekae holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, South Africa
. His PhD thesis focused on the potential of urban green infrastructure in promoting liveable cities and enhanced livelihood resilience in South Africa. Dr. Hesekia Garekae' research interest is on urban ecology, particularly on how the urbanites interact with and shape the environment they inhabit.
*The lecture is held in cooperation with the Department of International Urbanism (Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Universität Stuttgart)
, inviting CANactions School audience to attend the IUSD Lectures
— a series of online events with prominent international speakers who present their practical and academic work on various social, political, cultural, and spatial aspects of Integrated Urbanism, Sustainable Architecture, and Urban Ecology.