The power of research lies in its clinical objectivity. It provides a touchstone of meticulous data on which decisions can be made, and provides a long-term perspective of the impact of these decisions.
&Beyond has a formal agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) where we identify a sustainability need across our operations: we collectively agree and align with the UNISA Honours, Masters and PhD postgraduate programmes, allowing these students access to our operation to conduct their to conduct their research projects.
This is a mutually beneficial relationship where research findings are shared with our business and we provide the students with a robust platform for their research. We also partner with other tertiary institutions, such as the University of Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on specific projects as and when the opportunities arise.
The importance of applied research
In essence, applied research informs our conservation action. At &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve we have invested significantly in developing our research base, which has effectively guided our decisions in terms of wildlife management on the reserve.
Similarly, a baseline monitoring and research programme to guide decision making and measure change is a fundamental objective of our Oceans Without Borders initiative.
Research is also crucial to the protection and effective conservation of endangered land and marine species. To use the Phinda-African Pangolin Working Group (APWG) reintroduction project as a case in point, APWG Chairman, Prof. Ray Jansen, explains it like this: “We cannot manage a species or its natural habitat if we do not understand its biology, physiology, population, ecology and threats to its survival.”
Research and published papers
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