The Freshwater Research Centre is a South African non-profit organisation committed to developing innovative solutions for balancing human need and ecological requirements of water. The FRC undertakes collaborative research that is relevant, data-driven, scientifically defensible and which promotes the effective management, conservation and rehabilitation of freshwater ecosystems in Southern Africa. We are committed to promoting excellence in research, training and education, and through these channels better understand and cope with global change in freshwater ecosystems.
We 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. We strive to develop local capacity in the aquatic sciences through supervising and mentoring students and by providing internship opportunities. Our 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.