Research Project Registration, Permitting and Reporting processes

All research conducted in Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) protected areas must be registered and approved prior to commencement. In addition, it is a legal requirement that collection permits must be obtained whenever biological specimens are collected.

Biodiversity research conducted outside protected areas does not have to be registered with EKZNW, unless any form of assistance is required from EKZNW, but it is still a legal requirement that collection permits must be obtained whenever biological specimens are to be collected.

Please note that for archaeological/paleontological research conducted in protected areas a permit will be required from the appropriate heritage authority (Amafa and/or SAHRA) in addition to an EKZNW permit and registration of a project.

NOTE: iSimangaliso Wetland Park is controlled by a separate authority and has a slightly different application and approval process. Please contact the iSimangaliso Wetland Park directly.

When your project is successfully registered you will be given a unique project registration number which you must use as your reference on all correspondence, and which will be required when entering the protected area or making a research accommodation booking. You will also be given a Researcher Identification Card which must be kept on you at all times; this card is not transferable to a third party. It will include your project registration number and will specify the validity in terms of protected areas and time frames as per the project registration.

To encourage scientists to pursue research in EKZNW protected areas, the registration, permitting and reporting processes have been streamlined.

  • Download Data Request Form

  • Download Project Registration and Scientific Collection Permit application form

  • Download Annual Research Project Progress/Final Report format

  • Download Biodiversity database data import template