Welcome to the Institute of Natural Resources (INR)

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.

2020 Internship Applications open on 1 December 2019



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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…

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…

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…


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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