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Biodiversity, Conservation & Management

The PCU has a proud record of achievement in the field of conservation and biodiversity research and remain active in this role. We endeavour to make our research conservation relevant and are actively engaged in debates over the ecology and management of rangelands, both in Namaqualand and beyond.

We are engaged with conservation practitioners, for example with initiatives such as Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) and the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Plan (SKEP). We consult with Scientific Services of the South African National Parks, CapeNature and the Department of Environment & Nature Conservation (DENC) to ensure that our research is relevant to conservation and management objectives.

Where possible, we contribute to international debates in the scientific literature on conservation practice and biodiversity research. Our attendance at international conferences provides further opportunity for engagement with the wider academic community, ensuring that we are aware of and contributing to key conservation issues at the highest levels.

UCT conservation students beneath the Maltese Cross in the Cederberg Wilderness area (Photo: M.T. Hoffman)