Freshwater Research Centre (FRC)

FRC is a non-profit organisation that undertakes research across a range of disciplines in the field of freshwater science.  The centre promotes cross-cutting, collaborative and relevant research and is committed to developing innovative solutions for balancing human need and ecological requirements for water. Members are specialist river and wetland ecologists, with collective research experience exceeding 150 years. Their vision is to undertake collaborative research and development that is relevant, data-driven, scientifically defensible and which promotes the effective management, conservation and rehabilitation of freshwater ecosystems in Southern Africa. They are committed to promoting excellence in research, training and education, and through these channels better understand and cope with global change in freshwater ecosystems. Their mission is to generate knowledge related to the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems in southern Africa and to translate this knowledge into a form that will guide the management and conservation of these systems for the benefit of all. They aim to share this knowledge with society and raise awareness of the value of freshwater ecosystems through traditional and digital media channels, as well as peer reviewed literature. They strive to develop local capacity in the aquatic sciences through supervising and mentoring students and by providing internship opportunities. Their environmental education and outreach programme - Living Labs - exposes school groups to the wonders and values of healthy ecosystems, providing an opportunity to learn about science through participating in real river health assessments.
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Primary Funders

  • Other - Private Foundations / Corporations

Contract Awards

Company Offices

  • South Africa (headquarters)
  • Cape Town
  • Office 23, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road,