Drones in Conservation

Drones are emerging as valuable tools in conservation and research. Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) offer a way for scientists to observe their subjects in a manner that may be less costly but more efficient and precise than traditional Continue reading →

Transfrontier Conservation Areas: Catalysts for Enhancing Conservation and Socio-Economic Development

Political and administrative boundaries seldom completely encompass or coincide with ecological boundaries. Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) create an enabling environment for collaborative management of shared species and ecosystems, and provide a platform for the development and management of cross-border tourism. Continue reading →

Innovative Financing and Policy Mechanisms to Secure Protected Areas

Globally there is solid recognition of the need to reduce the loss of natural resources resulting from unsustainable land-use practices, but at the same time manage and use these ecosystems and biodiversity in a way that caters for the development Continue reading →

Cycad Conservation, Trade and Law Enforcement

Cycads are the most ancient seed plants still living today. Having survived several mass extinction events, they face extinction once more, except this time it is anthropocentric in nature. This is predominately due to high levels of poaching, to satisfy Continue reading →

Coastal Forest Conservation

Coastal forests in South Africa are in trouble. They have been plagued by anthropogenic disturbances that likely started with the arrival of Iron Age farmers in the early 1300’s. Since then subsistence farming, cattle grazing, unregulated burning, commercial logging, agricultural Continue reading →

Camera Trapping

Use of camera traps is becoming a research standard in ecological and conservation studies.  Camera traps offer a reliable, non-invasive, visual means of surveying wildlife with substantially reduced survey effort. With continued technological improvements and decreasing equipment costs, together with Continue reading →

Contributing to the National Plant Conservation Strategy

South Africa is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is committed to the implementation of a national strategy to conserve plants that aligns with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.  With 6% of the world’s plant diversity Continue reading →