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Research and development for the natural environment

Environmental problems are complex, and addressing them requires integrated approaches using a broad skills base. Researchers at CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) aim to provide integrated solutions, drawing on their own basic research as well as those of others, building on historical strengths and experience while at the same time working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

We endeavour to provide science-based solutions to the challenging environmental and natural resource issues facing society now and in the future. Our focus is on the national interest and we pride ourselves on our ability to lead large integrated research projects that can make substantial contributions.

With over 200 researchers in all the major centres of South Africa, we are able to conduct world-class, directed, inter-disciplinary research and technological innovation, with partners and stakeholders, in the field of natural resources and the environment, to contribute to the social, economic and environmental improvement of South Africa and Africa.

The unit is uniquely positioned in all the major centres of South Africa Pretoria, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Durban and Pietermaritsburg, with the following research focus areas:

  • Adapting to and mitigating climate change
  • Ecosystem services delivery
  • Securing water quality and quantity
  • Environmental solutions for a green economy
  • Contact details:
    Prof. May Hermanus
    Executive Director: Natural Resources and the Environment
    Tel: +27 12 841 4781
    E-mail: MHermanus@csir.co.za

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    Overview: CSIR Natural Resources & the Environment
    Ecosystem Services Delivery
    Global Change
    Environmental Solutions for a Green Economy
    Mining and Mineral Resources
    Water Resources
    Contact details
    Final Technical Report: Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
    Municipal Waste Management Toolkit
    Quick Guide to Air Quality Management in South Africa
    First of its kind CSIR study puts a price tag to the impacts of algae on irrigation costs
    Integrating informal waste pickers into the economy
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    Archived research areas
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