South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Contact Details

Postal 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria
Physical 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria
Tel 012 843 5000


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has a broad mandate that is primarily derived from the NEMBA Act, but also from other legislation and processes over the past decade. The mandate is to explore, reveal, celebrate and champion biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all South Africans, which includes managing the National Botanical Gardens (NBG) as 'windows' to South Africa's biodiversity for enjoyment and education.

The Institute leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. It provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice, and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with role-players and stakeholders. SANBI engages in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation and leads the human capital development strategy of the sector.

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