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Centre for Environmental Management: History

Overview

The Centre for Environmental Management in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences has, since 1994, established an envied niche for itself in Southern Africa. The niche is based on three related components, namely the master’s and doctoral programmes, short courses, and a research and contract component.

The centre is involved in research and services in the field of aquatic ecology. Our staff and students are involved in applied projects and service delivery in the central part of South Africa. One of these projects involves monitoring the water quality of Loch Logan in Bloemfontein.

The master’s programme developed gradually around the study fields of sustainable development, project management, environmental assessment, and environmental management systems. Annually about 30 students are selected to enrol for this popular programme. Feedback confirms that there is a strong need for graduates who have a balanced overview of local environmental management matters in both the private and public sectors.

As environmental assessment requirements have become more complex, even the smallest of businesses require management systems to meet practical and legal demands. This has helped sustainability science to become established as its own discipline. Africa needs to move beyond irrational exploitation towards cultural maturity as far as the environment is concerned. It is in the achievement of this progress that the Centre for Environmental Management is playing a key role.

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