Ian Bredin (MSc, Pr.Sci.Nat) – Principal Scientist


Ian is a Principal Scientist at the INR and a manager of the Ecosystem Theme. He has over thirteen years’ experience. He is a registered Professional Natural Scientist in the fields of Ecology and Zoology, and  holds BSc Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an MSc Degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria. Ian’s primary interest is developing and implementing nature-based solutions to enhance water and biodiversity security. He is particularly interested in the assessment, management and monitoring of wetland ecosystems. In addition, Ian has sound experience in biodiversity assessments (both terrestrial and aquatic ecological assessments), integrated environmental management, sustainable land management, and community-based natural resource management. He has successfully managed a wide range of research and consultancy projects, including large multi-stakeholder landscape scale projects, to completion.


Examples of recent projects Ian has managed include:

  • The development of a refined procedure for determining wetland Resource Quality Objectives (RQOs), and the development of a wetland RQOs implementation manual (WRC project);
  • The development of a national guideline for determining buffer zones for rivers, wetlands and estuaries (WRC project);
  • A long-term wetland assessment project for Richards Bay Minerals (RBM’s) Zulti South mineral lease area, KZN. This included an ecological baseline assessment, the development of a wetland rehabilitation plan, development of a wetland monitoring programme, and further ecological assessments to assess changes to the wetland resources within the lease area; and
  • The development of an Integrated Catchment Management Plan for the Letseng-la-Letsie catchment in Lesotho, Lesotho’s only RAMSAR site (Millennium Challenge Corporation funded project).

Ian has also been involved in a range of other projects, recent examples include:

  • Identifying climate change adaptation strategies and building capacity for adaptation in the Lesotho Highlands Mountain Catchments to improve the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystem services, where he focused on the ecosystem component (USAID Southern Africa funded project);
  • A water secure future for Southern Africa – Applying the Ecosystem Approach in the Orange-Senqu Basin, where he provided technical support to the Lesotho component to this transboundary project (USAID funded project);
  • Cost benefit analysis of implementing buffers for watercourses and improved management of floodplains planted with sugarcane (WRC project); and
  • The development of an investment plan for securing ecological infrastructure to enhance water security in the uMngeni River catchment. A South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) lead Green Fund project.

Ian is currently a member of three WRC steering committees and is a reviewer of WRC proposals, and has also been a reviewer for Water SA. He is the chair of the KZN Wetlands Forum and is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), South African Wetland Society (SAWS), and the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists. Ian was recently awarded the SWS International Travel Award to present at the SWS Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado.

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