Recently, the Department established a specific role focussing on forest science,
technology and innovation in the Directorate: Forestry Policy and Strategy by the
appointment of a Forestry Science, Technology and Innovation Advisor and a Forest
Research Coordinator. The mandate for this function includes
supporting the current research base in South Africa, as well as to expand their
role beyond merely playing a regulatory role in the forest sector science, technology
and innovation. The research capacity aims to:
- Develop mechanisms to enable the Department to assume its proper leadership role
in sector related research and development.
- Substantially increase its financial support to the national forest sector R&D
effort and create increased, investment through appropriate funding mechanisms .
- Create a mechanism to determine and regularly review and prioritise research focus
- Establish a strategic harmonisation and integration of national science and technology
efforts in terms of training, infrastructure development, research and development
performed by a network of expertise nodes.
- Develop human resource capacity in sector research and development.
- Government needs to establish the effective and equitable management of intellectual
The new research and development capacity will furthermore aim at achieving a number
of short term goals such as:
- Reinvigorate Research and Development Strategy.
- Establish National Forest Research Forum.
- Management of intellectual property.
The Forest Research function within DAFF has been coordinating a number of research projects focusing on sustainable management of forest resources. These include:
- Sustainable utilisation of Flagelleria guineensis Read more...
- Monitoring and evaluation of bark harvesting techniques of two indigenous tree species in the Letaba State Forest Read more...
- Sustainable harvesting of plants utilised for medicinal purposes Read more...
- The sustainable use of Monkey rope (Secamone gerradii) by local subsistence farmers Read more..
- The ex situ and in situ conservation of the Critically Endangered Protea roupelliae sbsp. hamiltonii and conservation of the co-occurring endangered Leucospermum gerrardii within the Dr. Hamilton Nature Reserve Read more...
The Department furthermore relies on the substantial institutional and human capacity to mobilise forest sector Research & Development in South Africa. The current capacity consists of a number of world class research and Higher Education Institutions and Science Councils (research nodes) focusing on a broad spectrum of research focus areas as listed below.