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Lorena Pasquini


Lorena Pasquini is a Research Fellow, Climate Systems Analysis Group / African Climate Development Initiative. She was a Researcher with the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, working on the NRF Fulcrum Institutions Programme from 2014 - 2017.

She has a strong background of both research and practice into interdisciplinary issues located at the society/environment nexus. She has worked as a researcher, consultant and practitioner on a variety of conservation, environmental change and management, climate adaptation, environmental governance and development issues. In the past Lorena worked for one of South Africa’s leading Expanded Public Works Programmes, where she developed first-hand experience of the realities of adapting the country to the impacts of climate change.

Publications include:

Bourne, A., Pasquini, L., Donatti, C., Holden, P. and Scorgie, S. 2017. Strengthening the role of local authorities to support community-based adaptation: The role of South Africa. In Atela, J. et al (eds). Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries, ACTS Press 63-76.

Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L. & Haiden, S. 2017. Nodes and networks in the governance of ecosystem-based adaptation: The case of the Bergrivier municipality, South Africa. Climatic Change 1-15.

Pasquini, L., Ziervogel, G., Cowling, R.M. and Shearing, C. 2014. What Enables Local Governments to Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation? Lessons Learned from Two Municipal Case Studies in the Western Cape, South Africa. Climate and Development, online publication.

Pasquini, L. & Shearing, C. 2014. Municipalities, Politics, and Climate Change: An Example of the Process of Institutionalizing an Environmental Agenda within Local Government. Journal of Environment and Development, 23(2):271-296.

Pasquini, L., & Cowling, R. M. 2014. Opportunities and Challenges for Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Local Government: Evidence from the Western Cape, South Africa. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 17(5): 1121-1140.

Pasquini, L., Cowling, R. M., & Ziervogel, G. 2013. Facing the Heat: Barriers to Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Local Government in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Habitat International, 40: 225-232. 

Pasquini, L., Fitzsimons, J. A., Cowell, S., Brandon, K., & Wescott, G. 2011. The Establishment of Large Private Nature Reserves by Conservation NGOs: Key Factors for successful implementation. Oryx: 45(03): 373-380. 

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