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Research projects within the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve

The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve has, over a long time period, been an important focal point for research and scientific scrutiny.  A significant number of research projects have been completed, or are currently in progress in the area, in respect of a variety of disciplines, or issues.  The local universities, research institutions, and other scientific institutes, generally have accurate and multi-disciplinary projects, researchers, and scientists working in this region.

To download a summary document of a list of research and monitoring programs undertaken, or currently in progress in the CWBR, please click here: Summary list of research (Doc 89kb)

Research stations and partners within the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve

The designated area of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve includes the main campus of the University of Stellenbosch that has a number of top-class laboratories, institutes (e,g, Institute of Plant Biotechnology, Institute of Wine Biotechnology, Centre for Invasive Biology, etc.), research stations and facilities to conduct intensive and internationally recognized research on a vast array of fields, subjects and disciplines. 
Furthermore, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has an office in Stellenbosch which focus on the natural resources and environment and conducts, inter alia, research on water dynamics, water ecology, estuaries, environmental management, etc. 
On 1 May 1997 the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Institute was founded outside Stellenbosch.  The institute is a member of the Horticulture Business Division of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and is a world-renowned, one-stop research facility that generates cutting-edge technology for the South African deciduous fruit, grape, wine and brandy industries.  The Institute comprises of seven divisions, each specialising in different aspects of fruit and wine production, namely:  biotechnology, viticulture, breeding and evaluation, plant protection, post-harvest and wine technology, and soil science. 
At the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve in the Jonkershoek Valley, 6km outside Stellenbosch, are the offices of the Scientific Services Division (SSD) of CapeNature.  The SSD provides professional scientific services to support conservation programs in the Western Cape Province.
The historic farm of Elsenburg which dates back to 1698 is the home of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.  Elsenburg is located 13 km outside Stellenbosch.  It provides a wide range of development, research and support services to the agricultural community in the Western Cape.  Furthermore, it has numerous agricultural development centers, research farms, extension offices, state veterinary offices, and animal health technicians throughout the proposed Biosphere Reserve and the province.
Located approximately 9 km outside Stellenbosch is the Sustainability Institute which focuses on learning for sustainable living and is based within the Lynedoch EcoVillage.  Established in 1999, it combines practice with theory in a way that integrates ecology and equity in support of a sustainable South Africa with special reference to ways of reducing and eradicating poverty. The Sustainability Institute is an emerging ecologically designed socially mixed community built around a learning precinct, the heart of which is the Lynedoch Pre- and Primary School attended by 450 children who come mainly from the families of farmworkers.  It provides residential accommodation for visiting writers, artists, activists, volunteers and scholars, and a learning space for participants in the Institute’s various educational programs.

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