Research: Partners in Conservation

Cape Town Research & Conservation Initiative

There is a great need for conservation action on the West Coast. The West Coast is faced with serious development pressure threatening the unique remaining biodiversity. The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve has signed an MOU with the CTRCI (Cape Town Research and Conservation Initiative).

The CTRCI enrol volunteers from abroad to gain experience in conservation and research in South Africa (baseline data collection, research assistance, assistance with conservation projects, beach clean-ups and more). They have been working in Madagascar for some time and they have now started a Cape Town Office.

They will house approximately 30 volunteers on an ongoing basis.

The West Coast Biosphere is their area of focus and the volunteers can expect to be involved in an array of exciting priority conservation and research projects focused on sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. The CTRCI will be the first volunteer program of their kind that includes sustainable development projects and not only the wildlife side of things as per the norm.

The database as well as all research originating from this collaboration will be freely available to civil society and all partners in conservation and research. This is a great vehicle for addressing important research questions and conservation issues on the West Coast that can only grow from strength to strength. Volunteers will be working at the forefront of real world conservation issues making invaluable contributions to responsible conservation management on the West Coast.

Please visit the CTRCI Website for more information