Mountains have always played an important role in the history of mankind. They provide economically essential goods and services, host unique biodiversity and offer tourism opportunities, to name but a few benefits. The Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State is home to the Afromontane Research Unit, a multidisciplinary group addressing the largely under-researched mountainous landscapes of Southern Africa.
The unit’s research is promoted around three broad themes:
- Conservation and sustainable use of Afromontane biodiversity
- Sustainable futures for the people of the Afromontane, and
- Living and doing business in the Afromontane.
The intention is to create a sustainability science hub to bring the three themes into the ambit of solution-oriented transdisciplinary research, centered in sustainable development goals and sustainability research in general.