A National Research Foundation (NRF) – Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) biodiversity inventory project to fill knowledge gaps in South Africa’s freshwater systems.

Funded by the DSI.
Managed by the NRF-SAIAB in collaboration with SANBI.

The project is led by SAIAB’s Chief Scientist, Dr Albert Chakona and SANBI’s Red List scientist, Ms Dewidine van der Colff. More than 40 co-investigators and collaborators are contributing to the project running up to 2024 as part of the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP). Under the spotlight is a select group of South African aquatic species which includes freshwater fishes, mollusca, large branchiopoda, freshwater crabs, freshwater fish parasites, amphibians and odonata species. This information is urgently needed to establish baselines data, assessing change patterns, river and wetland condition and to inform strategic freshwater management and decision-making. Read more about the project