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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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INR Hosts International Training Session at UKZN​

The INR, in partnership with UNESCO-IHP, the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), hosted a training course at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus from the 12th until the 19th of January 2019. This training course is one of a series of international training seminars and workshops focusing on the application of satellite remote sensing to support water resources management. Read more…

INR Intern, Nosipho Makaya, Presents at EAPASA Launch

Nosipho, pictured on the left, recently gave a short talk on her perspectives and expectations as a graduate and potential Candidate Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) at the launch of the online registration process for EAPs in South Africa, held at the Durban International Convention Centre. It is believed that based on the available evidence – Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPSA) is the first legally-based compulsory EAP Register in the world. Rightfully, there was a great sense of positivity, support and shared aspirations amongst the guests and the speakers towards this milestone, and Nosipho’s talk also did just that. Read more…

INR Interns Presents at UKZN Postgraduate & Innovation Symposium

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted their annual Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium (PRIS) at their Westville campus on the 25th Of October 2018. Four of our INR interns, Thembani Nxumalo, Mlungisi Shabalala, Nosipho Makaya and Matthew Dickey, displayed their research posters at the event and attended various oral presentations which were presented by students from the School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences (SAEES).

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Congratulations to our interns, Thembani Nxumalo, Nosipho Makaya and Mlungisi Shabalala, who graduated with their master’s degrees at UKZN on the 13th of September 2018!


Thembani Nxumalo graduated with a Master of Science in Agriculture. His dissertation “Development of a Biocontrol Agent, Lecanicillium attenuatum (Zare & Gams), of Wheat Leaf Rust (Puccinia triticina Eriks)”, was supervised by Prof Mark Laing and Dr Sackey Yobo from UKZN’s Discipline of Plant Pathology

Nosipho Makaya graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. Her dissertation “Remote Sensing Applications for Detecting and Mapping the Spatial Distribution of Gullies in a Communal Grazing Landscape”, was supervised by Prof Onisimo Mutanga from UKZN who specializes in GIS and Earth Observation

Mlungisi Shabalala graduated with a Master of Science in Hydrology. His dissertation “Modelling the Impacts of Changes in Agricultural Management Practices on Water Resources with Declining Hydrometeorogical Data in the uThukela Catchment”, was supervised by Dr Michelle Toucher from the Centre for Water Resource Research at UKZN.


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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