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Overall Mission & Vision

Main functions of research

Kruger Management Plan

The method of translating the KNP’s mission into objectives and goals allows clearer interpretation of goals and outcomes, and strives to integrate the overall biodiversity mandate of the KNP with other functions. The cascading objectives allow increasing focus, rigor and achievability and are aimed at supporting and achieving the KNP’s mission statement...... Read more

Monitoring programme

In line with the revision of the management plan for Kruger and the associated 5-yearly revision of the objectives hierarchy, the monitoring programme for Kruger has also naturally come under re-examination and review. This has not yet been completed due to a number of reasons, but a series of internal meetings resulted in the following initial proposals for a backbone structure for the revised program.....Read more

Threshholds of Potential Concern (TPC’s)

TPC’s are a set of operational goals that together define the spatiotemporal heterogeneity conditions for which the Kruger ecosystem is managed. TPC’s are essentially upper and lower limits along a continuum of change in selected environmental indicators. The suite of TPC’s together represents the envelope within which ecosystem changes are considered desirable..... Read more

Link between management monitoring and TPC’s

The KNP follows an adaptive decision-making process from setting strategic objectives through to following up management actions on the ground. In order to make an explicit link between the KNP’s objectives and management actions, thresholds of potential concern (TPCs) have been set to help define the set of (varying) conditions that define the desired ecosystem state we are managing for. These TPCs are set in such a way that ecosystem flux is accommodated, but that warning bells are turned on when the system approaches an undesirable change of state. The setting of TPC’s then determine the format and focus of the KNPs monitoring programs, although in certain instances, background data is also collected (e.g. weather data) to enable later interpretation of ecosystem trends..... Read more