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Marine Research Plan

The DST, through KFD, coordinates a process to develop a single comprehensive national marine research plan. Working groups have been selected to provide theme-specific inputs into a marine research plan. The marine research plan will focus on the specific marine research needs and strengths of the country that will best position South African research within the global context. This plan will also provide an understanding of the cutting-edge and strategic research interests within the field, as well as outline mechanisms for implementation in the short, medium and long term. The consolidated Marine Research Plan will feed into the overarching Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Marine Sciences Research Strategy.

Contact Person: Achuo Enow

Antarctic and Southern Oceans Research Plan

The DST, through KFD, is developing a single comprehensive national Antarctic and Southern Ocean research plan. It focuses on the specific research needs and strengths of the country that will best position South African research within the global context. It also provides an understanding of the cutting-edge and strategic research interests within the field as well as outlines mechanisms for implementation in the short to long-term. The plan feeds into the overarching Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Marine Sciences Research Strategy.

Contact Person: Tracy Klarenbeek

The Belmont Forum – Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs)

The Belmont Forum is a high level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. The NRF (and South Africa) is a member of the Belmont Forum and the NRF’s CEO is the current co-chairperson. The goal of The Belmont Forum is to mobilise international resources and expertise in order to drive global environmental research for earth system sustainability. The objective is to catalyse and accelerate delivery of the international environmental research that is urgently needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilising international resources at a scale that matches the challenges of global environmental change. The global focus of the Belmont Challenge white paper is:

  • Coastal vulnerability
  • Freshwater security
  • Ecosystem services
  • Carbon budgets
  • Most vulnerable societies

The Forum addresses these priorities and other identified societally relevant global environmental change challenges through collaborative Research Actions (CRAs) (www.belmontforum.org/iof). The CRAs are designed to leverage members’ existing investments (as in the case of South Africa, the Global Change Research Plan initiatives) through international added value and bring together new partnerships of natural scientists, social scientists, and the user communities. South Africa plans to participate (and funding researchers) in the following CRAs:

  • Coastal vulnerability
  • Fresh water security
  • Food Security and land use
  • Seasonal to Decadal Predictability of Regional Climate for decision making: Bridging the gap between users’ needs and the state of climate knowledge (in planning stage, call to come)
  • e-Infrastructure
  • Transformations to sustainability
  • Transdisciplinarity – assessments and reviews training

Contact Person: Achuo Enow