Department of Environmental Affairs hosts third Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba

24 July 2018


The Department of Environmental Affairs will on 26 and 27 July 2018 host the Third Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba in Pretoria.

The Indaba, being held under the theme “Celebrating 25 years of biodiversity science and its progress towards policy, practice, people interface” will focus on progress on the implementation plan in particular issues relating to successes and barriers within the biodiversity research sector.  It provides a platform for evidence priorities to be discussed under the lenses of science, policy, practice and people that are an integral part of the overall National Biodiversity Research and Evidence Strategy. The annual Indaba convenes identified key strategic partners and interested and affected stakeholders to assist updating the implementation plan which provides for the development of sector thematic evidence strategies and plans including Sustainable Development and the Green Economy, Biodiversity & Conservation, Climate Change and Air Quality, Oceans and Coasts, Chemicals and Waste, as well as Impact Management and Compliance and Enforcement.

The two-day Indaba will take into consideration that this year the sector is celebrating 25 years of action for biodiversity science and its progress towards policy, practice, people interface.

The 2018 Indaba key focal areas that are also aligned to the domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans are:  

  • Biodiversity Economy (with a specific focus on Predation Management)
  • Rehabilitation and restoration (with a specific focus on Alien Invasive species)
  • Species of special concern (with a specific focus on Elephant Management)
  • Global change (with a specific focus on nexus between biodiversity and climate change adaptation, including land degradation)
  • Foundational Biodiversity.

The expected outcome of the 3rd Annual National Biodiversity Research and Evidence Strategy Indaba is to produce a participatory report on progress achieved in the implementation plan towards the top ten research and evidence priorities of the sector.

Media are invited to attend.

Details are as follows:

Date:  26 & 27 July 2018

Venue: SANBI Pretoria, Milkplum Restaurant

Time:  09:00

To RSVP contact Eleanor Momberg on 012 399 9948 / 083 400 5741 or email:

For media inquiries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871