Applied Biodiversity Research
What we do
The Applied Biodiversity Research Division undertakes and co-ordinates biodiversity research and monitoring that provides a scientific knowledge base for decision making. The diverse portfolio of projects deals with contemporary issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the contribution of biodiversity to sustainable development. The research is guided by the SANBI mandate as contained in the National Environmental Management-Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) as well as the priority actions in the National Biodiversity Framework.
Reason for our programme
The underlying objective of the research and monitoring is to develop a predictive understanding of biodiversity dynamics within the context of a changing environment and ongoing interactions between people and biodiversity.
The research is organized into interactive programmes that focus on three broad areas relating to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development:
- Risks to biodiversity (invasives, impacts of GMOs)
- The value and use of species and ecosystems
- Understanding the dynamics of species and ecosystems of special concern
Areas of Research
There are also three important cross cutting functions that contribute to all the research areas, i.e.