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We are a team of passionate, professional people applying innovative science to catalyse change for a better planet.

Partnering with government, civil society, the private sector and other leading research organisations we develop cutting edge  solutions to support  the  resolution  of  natural resource  challenges;  we  provide  advice  to  practitioners, researchers and policy makers; we integrate effort; we build the capacity of graduate professionals to operate effectively in  the  workplace;  and  we  advocate  an  environmentally secure future for all. We are an independent, non-profit, public benefit organisation committed to serving the people of southern Africa.



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UKZN Scholarship Yields More Results

Dr Manqoba Zungu is the fifth Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarship (TEEAS) recipient to be appointed as a lecturer at UKZN and the second recipient of this scholarship to become a lecturer in the School of Life Sciences. Read more…

Dr Manqoba Zungu was an intern at the INR in 2015 and went on to complete his PhD at UKZN.

Dr Manqoba Zungu
Mlungisi Shabalala

South African PhD hydrology student reflects on IWSN-funded UK visit

Mlungisi Shabalala, a 2018 INR intern, recently visited the UK as part of the Advanced Professional and Academic Development Program which is led by the Institute of Natural Resources (INR), in partnership with the International Water Security Network (IWSN), the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Centre for Water Resources Research of UKZN.

Through this trip he learnt a lot of research related skills through interacting with several experts in climate, water, land, food, energy and engineering related research.. Read more…

Travel Grant for World Congress on Agroforestry for PhD Candidate

UKZN’s Mr Misheck Musokwa, who is pursuing his doctorate in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, was in Montpellier in France to take part in the fourth World Congress on Agroforestry – thanks to a travel grant awarded by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the organising and scientific committees of the Congress. Read more…

Misheck Musokwa

Fulbright Scholarship for Environmental Science Graduate

Ms Samiksha Singh, a scientist at the Institute of Natural Resources (INR), is the recipient of a two-year Fulbright Scholarship that will enable her to pursue her PhD in the United States of America at the University of California Riverside (UCR). Read more…


Executive Director at The Institute of Natural Resources, Duncan Hay, interviewed by SABC News on the condition of South Africa’s water systems

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