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SANParks Research Report 2018/2019

SANParks is responsible for the management of 19 national parks (NPs) in South Africa, covering an area of over 4 million hectares. These parks vary in size and function, from large, fairly intact systems like the Kruger NP and Kalahari Gemsbok NP which also from part of larger trans-frontier conservation areas, to large marine protected areas (MPAs) like Namaqua and Agulhas MPAs and urban, open-access parks like Table Mountain NP. This is an increasing mandate with existing parks expanding and new protected areas being proclaimed like the recently proclaimed Phakisa Marine Protected Areas.

Each park plays a unique role in conserving the rich biological diversity, ecosystem processes and cultural heritage of our country. South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world and its National Parks and Marine Protected Areas are a very important means of protecting and sharing this biodiversity with both the local and international community.

SANParks also have a long reputation where these parks act as attractive real-world socio-ecological “laboratories” for local and international researchers, with the knowledge gained through this research helping to inform SANParks with management of the national parks in a world with ever increasing pressures and expectations from protected areas.

SANParks Research Report 2018/2019

Dr Corli Wigley-Coetsee

Dr Corli Wigley-Coetsee

Scientist: Vegetation Dynamics

Nerina Kruger

Nerina Kruger

Science Liaison & GIS Officer

Dr Izak PJ Smit

Dr Izak PJ Smit

Senior Scientist


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