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Centre for Invasion Biology Research Chair: Managing invasions in Protected Areas

The value of protected areas is that they safeguard biodiversity and the ecosystem services that people gain from natural systems. These services can include economic benefits through tourism, the social benefits that stem from economic upliftment of communities and the health benefits associated with recreational activities that take place in protected areas. As alien species threaten native biodiversity and cause negative economic, social and health impacts in invaded areas, they directly threaten the ability of conservation areas to meet their goals and legal mandates. In recognition of this challenge, the work of this Research Chair supports management of invasions in protected areas. Through close collaboration with conservation agencies, research projects are structured to address key gaps in knowledge that currently undermine management efforts. 

The mission of the Chair is to:
  • Safeguard biodiversity and the ecosystem services that protected areas provide to people by undertaking excellent research that facilitates evidence-based management of invasions in conservation areas.
  • Develop tools that support the cost-efficient yet effective management of alien species in protected areas.
  • Build capacity within conservation agencies to strengthen their ability to meet their legal mandate of managing invasions.

Led by Prof Tammy Robinson-Smythe, this Chair employs excellent research to address applied questions, thus offering a rich training experience to postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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