27 January 2017
For immediate release
Launch of EThekwini /UKZN Research Partnership
EThekwini Municipality is extending its research partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal to include research on reforestation. This follows a successful partnership with the university focusing on research on Grassland conservation.
The City has established collaborative partnerships with various research institutions, with the intention of enlarging the the local pool of much-needed biodiversity management skills. These initiatives are anticipated to develop both capacity and knowledge that is useful to local government. In this instance, the improvements to biodiversity conservation, and climate change adaptation, within an ecosystem based adaptation framework are the specific focus. By engaging students in research, it is expected that they will get much needed work experience and skills needed in this scarce field.
The Durban Research Action Partnership (D’RAP) is the name given to the broad partnership currently in place, and it includes research with a focus on Grassland Conservation (KZN Sandstone Sourveld grassland type), Reforestation Research, Climate Change (Future Resilience for African Cities or FRACTAL) and Invasive Alien Species Control.
Members of the media are invited to the launch. Details of the launch are as follows:
Date: 30 January 2017
Venue: Botanic Gardens
Time: 09:30am
RSVP: Sohana Singh on 031 311 4805 or email
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
For more information members of the media can contact Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or or email Gugu Mbonambi on
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