Gauteng Environmental Research Register
In response to a lack of reporting tools on environmental research that is conducted in the Gauteng Province, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (GDARD) Environmental Policy Planning and Coordination Directorate has developed and is maintaining the Gauteng Environmental Research Register (ERR). It is a living database that presents environmental studies carried out in the Gauteng Province from 2007 to present (the database is updated annually). The ERR not only allows GDARD officials with easy access to research information but also assists external stakeholders, particularly academia and the general public.
There are two ways to access information from the ERR. The one is through an evidence map (click on the below button), produced by the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) at the University of Johannesburg. You are invited to watch the short video (below) on how to find information in an evidence map. You can also simply open and/or download the Excel sheet to find more detailed information about each study in the ERR.
The ERR objectives are:
- To establish and maintain a database that can be used as a benchmark for research conducted in the Gauteng province to support government, research institutions, private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
- To provide environmental research-related information to decision-makers;
- To track information required by different statutory bodies and stakeholders;
- To provide annual progress reports to the provincial government departments regarding the number of environmental research projects undertaken;
- To ensure that the research data and reports are accessible to all stakeholders; and
- To facilitate research collaboration between various research institutions and the provincial government.
Based on a memorandum of agreement signed between GDARD, ACE and UJ’s Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station in 2021, ACE is hosting the ERR on their website.
The methodology followed to compile the ERR is explained in the annual report, which also provides an overview of the environmental research conducted in Gauteng per economic sector, environmental focus area, research institution, geographical location, type of research output, and status of the research project (completed, ongoing, or discontinued).