The vision of the SAEON is to establish a South African observation and research that provides understanding, based on long-term information, needed to address environmental issues. The core of SAEON is to created a framework that permits collection, transmission and interpretation of data on long term ecological changes, new understanding brought about through SAEON will inform suitable policies and appropriate procedures (actions) for dealing with the inevitability of environmental change and its consequences for the livelihoods of South Africa's people. The interdisciplinary, interinstitutional network is the key, rather than data collection on policy-making.
ARC Vision: "To be an internationally recognized centre of excellence in agricultural science and innovation". ARC Mission: "To promote the agricultural and related sectors through research, technology development and transfer in order to:
- Enhance the natural resource base and environment
- Sustain a competitive agricultural economy
- Provide new economic opportunities
- Ensure high quality and safe food
- Support an informed society and
- encourage the national growth and development of South Africa"
Vision: To achieve inter-state collaboration in the conservation of trans-boundary ecosystems and their associated biodiversity, promoting sustainable use of natural resources to improve the quality of life of the peoples of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Mission: To collaboratively establish and manage on a sustainable basis a viable Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park with full stakeholder participation, including local communities, fostering regional cooperation, biodiversity conservation, and cross-border socio-economic development.
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a non-profit consortium that has grown to include 65 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America, Australia and most recently South Africa. In the early 1960's, scientists from U.S. universities forged working relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. Intense interest both in the U.S. and Costa Rica led to the founding of OTS in 1963. OTS was founded to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs.
The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere is an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the "Biosphere"). Biospheres are regions of outstanding ecological importance seeking a sustainable balance between the needs of mankind and nature. At stake are the preservation of biological diversity and cultural heritages. The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere faces South Africa's defining millennium issues: economic development, equitable governance, and empowerment.
WITS Rural Facility (WRF) is a facility of the University of the Witwatersrand which serves as a base for rural-focussed research, student training, and community outreach in the Bushbuckridge region of the Northern Province, South Africa. WRF is situated 500 km from Johannesburg on the road to the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. The facility is on 350 hectares of unspoilt lowveld savanna with an abundance of birds and wildlife.
The GSSA is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include amongst others, ecology, botany, zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics. The GSSA has a multi-disciplinary base and promotes interaction between environmental practitioners, scientists and students who are employed by a wide range of institutions including government, universities, development, agricultural, wildlife and related agencies.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute was established on 1 September 2004 through the signing into force of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 by President Thabo Mbeki. The Act expanded the mandate of SANBI's forerunner, the National Botanical Institute to include responsibilities relating to the full diversity of South Africa's fauna and flora, and built on the internationally respected programmes in conservation, research, education and visitor services developed over the past century by the National Botanical Institute.
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- Evidence of Bushman Folk (San) and Iron Age people from about 1500 years ago is also in great evidence.