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Petra Brigitte Holden

Petra is an inter- and transdisciplinary conservation scientist at the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town. Her current research focuses on exploring equitable and sustainable approaches to nature-based solutions (e.g., sustainable management, restoration or protection approaches) to address societal challenges with a focus on climate change adaptation in high-lying regions important for water supply in Southern Africa. Petra has theoretical and practical expertise in remote sensing, hydrological modelling, restoration ecology, and conservation science especially in the context of South African landscapes and ecosystems.


  • –present
    Postdoctural Research Fellow nter- and transdisciplinary research, GIS, hydrological modelling, climate change adaptation, and remote sensing, University of Cape Town
  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, University of Cape Town