Terrestrial ecological research & monitoring

We undertake studies of terrestrial systems for environmental impact assessments, such as the monitoring of birds for housing and renewable energy projects.  We have also co-ordinated comprehensive assessments of the impacts of past development involving satellite image analysis, botanical field studies, herpetofauna, mammals, birds in Lesotho. 

Project Profiles

Wind energy avifauna monitoring

 Pre-construction monitoring of avifauna at two proposed wind energy sites in the Karoo, South Africa.
G7 Renewable Energies
South Africa

Pre-construction monitoring of avifauna at two proposed wind energy sites in the Karoo, South Africa.

Mozambique environmental profile

Preparation of a Country Environmental Profile for Mozambique.  
Ministry of Co-ordination of the Environment/World Bank/European Union
Mozambique

Preparation of a Country Environmental Profile for Mozambique.  

Katse & Mohale Dam biological monitoring

Biological monitoring of the catchments of the Katse and Mohale Dams: a comparison with the pre-construction baseline.
Lesotho Highlands Development Authority
Lesotho

Baseline studies of the Katse Dam catchment area were carried out during 1991/92, and monitoring was carried out in 1996-2000. This study comprised a further stage in the monitoring of the catchment areas upstream of the Katse and Mohale dams. The study assessed changes in land use and vegetation cover based on satellite imagery, and undertook field studies of flora, wetlands, rivers, fish, amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna), mammals, and birds. This study placed considerable emphasis on the collation of past reports and data in order to set up the basis for comparison of the present situation with the baseline.