Ezemvelo's Expectations of Researchers

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife`s expectations of researchers and favourable factors in relation to registration of research proposals

Our requirements from you will be spelled out during the registration process. In summary we would generally look more favourably on proposals that address the following:

  • Commitment to employing local field assistants

  • Protected areas are important job creaters in rural areas, and it is important that local people benefit from opportunities provided by protected areas

  • Upholding of high ethical standards and rigorous application of the scientific method

  • Proposals from academic institutions must have been passed by the relevant ethics committees

  • Research design should have been critically reviewed by a statistician so that confidence can be placed in the results

  • Commitment to present research results and recommendations to protected area management teams

  • EKZNW host an annual Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice at which researchers are encouraged to present results and recommendations

  • Researchers or their supervisors are required to present results and any management recommendations to the management teams of the relevant protected areas

  • Publication of findings wherever possible (scientific and popular articles)

  • Copies of all theses, reports and publications must be made available to EKZNW

  • We encourage the publication of research findings in popular and semi-popular publications to make the results more accessible to a wider audience

  • Signing of a contract

  • This contract will specify inter alia rules with respect to behaviour, communication and ownership of data

  • Prompt submission of research progress reports

  • A research progress report must be submitted to the respective Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife project coordinator for the period 1 April – 31 March each year of registration by 30 April in that same year

  • Acknowledgement of support received from EKZNW in all publications/reports

  • We expect all publications and popular articles to name the protected areas in which the research was conducted and to acknowledge the support received from EKZNW