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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:
    Executive Director: May Hermanus
    For queries, contact Felicity Blakeway, Operations and Special Projects Manager
    Tel: (031) 242 2322
    E-mail: fblakeway@csir.co.za

    For media queries, contact:
    Reyhana Mahomed


    About this section
    Overview: CSIR Natural Resources & the Environment
    Annual Research and Impact Report 2012
    NRE Research and Impact Report 2012
    Growth and Impact Strategy 2012
    NRE Research Report 2011
    NRE Research Report 2010
    NRE Research Report 2009
    Contact details

    Briefing Notes
    The impact of an unhealthy environment on human health in South Africa
    The State of Domestic Waste Management in South Africa
    Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa
    SA needs to adapt to recycling (The New Age)
    Quick Guide to Air Quality Management in South Africa
    Municipal Waste Management Toolkit
    'Gold standard' environmental monitoring system for Africa
    Science and technology to support development of South Africa's waste sector
    International experts to take a relook at the powerful Agulhas Current
    Strengthening southern Africa's response to global change through research and technology
    Researcher Profiles
    Talking about drought and rain was an integral part of her childhood, says CSIR climate change specialist
    Understanding how things fit together
    Time for science to lead on more sustainable pathways
    Archived research areas
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