Camera Trapping

Camera Trapping

Use of camera traps is becoming a research standard in ecological and conservation studies.  Camera traps offer a reliable, non-invasive, visual means of surveying wildlife with substantially reduced survey effort. With continued technological improvements ...
Camera Traps: Standardised Applications for an Invaluable Ecological Research Tool

Camera Traps: Standardised Applications for an Invaluable Ecological Research Tool

Use of camera traps is becoming a research standard in ecological and conservation studies.  Camera traps offer a reliable, non-invasive, visual means of surveying wildlife with substantially reduced survey effort. With continued technological improvements ...
Occupancy Modelling Training Workshop: Assessing the Probability of Species Occurrence and Detection with Occupancy Models

Occupancy Modelling Training Workshop: Assessing the Probability of Species Occurrence and Detection with Occupancy Models

The training workshop will focus on Occupancy Modelling.  It will be run by Drs. Riddhika Kalle and T. Ramesh from the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, India. The workshop is aimed at beginners and will cover the basic methods ...
Workshop: Camera Traps: Standardised Applications for an Invaluable Ecological Research Tool

Workshop: Camera Traps: Standardised Applications for an Invaluable Ecological Research Tool

The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. David and Yvette Ehlers Smith, and the aim will be to discuss and document norms, standards and guidelines for conducting camera-trap surveys.  The intention is to cover: Guidelines/considerations for survey ...
Coastal Forest Conservation

Coastal Forest Conservation

Coastal forests in South Africa are in trouble. They have been plagued by anthropogenic disturbances that likely started with the arrival of Iron Age farmers in the early 1300’s. Since then subsistence farming, cattle grazing, unregulated burning, commercial l...
Contributing to the National Plant Conservation Strategy

Contributing to the National Plant Conservation Strategy

South Africa is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is committed to the implementation of a national strategy to conserve plants that aligns with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation .  With 6% of the world’s plant di...
Cycad Conservation, Trade and Law Enforcement

Cycad Conservation, Trade and Law Enforcement

Cycads are the most ancient seed plants still living today. Having survived several mass extinction events, they face extinction once more, except this time it is anthropocentric in nature. This is predominately due to high levels of poaching, to...
Drones in Conservation

Drones in Conservation

Drones are emerging as valuable tools in conservation and research. Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) offer a way for scientists to observe their subjects in a manner that may be less costly but more efficient and precise than traditional approaches. T...
Innovative Financing and Policy Mechanisms to Secure Protected Areas

Innovative Financing and Policy Mechanisms to Secure Protected Areas

Globally there is solid recognition of the need to reduce the loss of natural resources resulting from unsustainable land-use practices, but at the same time manage and use these ecosystems and biodiversity in a way that caters for the development needs...
Transfrontier Conservation Areas: Catalysts for Enhancing Conservation and Socio-Economic Development

Transfrontier Conservation Areas: Catalysts for Enhancing Conservation and Socio-Economic Development

Political and administrative boundaries seldom completely encompass or coincide with ecological boundaries. Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) create an enabling environment for collaborative management of shared species and ecosystems, and provide...