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Exploring Environmental Conservation

Expoloring Enironmental Conservation: A field visit with the INR.

On the 19th of April, the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) hosted an enlightening field visit at Bergville for eager third-year students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The purpose of the day was to showcase the diligent efforts and commendable land rehabilitation work undertaken by the INR. The focal point of the excursion was to demonstrate and explain the process of removal of alien invasive species encroaching the rangelands as well as application of contour-based systems (brushpacks) to curb soil erosion. Through informative presentations, students gained insight into how this innovative technique facilitates sediment and moisture capture and hence contributing to enhanced environmental sustainability. The field visit served as an educational opportunity but also sparked meaningful conversation around the intersection between conservation, partnerships and collaborations as well as academia. Students departed with an appreciation for the intricate interplay between human activity and the natural environment.