NWU research acknowledged by International Union of Conservation
Research done by the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the North-West University´s (NWU´s) Mafikeng Campus was recently acknowledged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List portal.
The research done by Dr Deepa Pullanikkatil, supervised by Prof LG Palamuleni and Prof TM Ruhiiga, dealt with mapping provisioning ecosystem services in the Likangala River Catchment, Zomba Southern Malawi.
This resulted in her research being featured among the few studies in ecosystem services on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List portal. The Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria identifies and categorises threatened ecosystems, and her work has contributed to their goal of assessing all ecosystems in the world by 2025.
In her study she indicated that ecosystem services are linked to the well-being of humans; therefore there is a need to conserve ecosystems and ensure sustainability of these services for human survival. The study included information on where provisioning ecosystem services are located and what influences it. It also provided recommendations on a holistic ecosystem management approach where human and ecosystem needs are balanced. Dr Pullanikkatil's research on ecosystems was also published in high peer-reviewed journals.