Excessive red tape is strangling biodiversity research in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Alexander, Graham J.
dc.contributor.author Tolley, Krystal A.
dc.contributor.author Maritz, Bryan
dc.contributor.author McKechnie, Andrew E.
dc.contributor.author Manger, Paul
dc.contributor.author Thomson, Robert L.
dc.contributor.author Schradin, Carsten
dc.contributor.author Fuller, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Meyer, L.C.R. (Leith Carl Rodney)
dc.contributor.author Hetem, Robyn S.
dc.contributor.author Cherry, Michael
dc.contributor.author Conradie, Werner
dc.contributor.author Bauer, Aaron M.
dc.contributor.author Maphisa, David
dc.contributor.author O’Riain, Justin
dc.contributor.author Parker, Daniel M.
dc.contributor.author Mlambo, Musa C.
dc.contributor.author Bronner, Gary
dc.contributor.author Madikiza, Kim
dc.contributor.author Engelbrecht, Adriaan
dc.contributor.author Lee, Alan T.K.
dc.contributor.author Jansen van Vuuren Bettine
dc.contributor.author Mandiwana-Neudani, Tshifhiwa G.
dc.contributor.author Pietersen, Darren William
dc.contributor.author Venter, Jan A.
dc.contributor.author Somers, Michael J.
dc.contributor.author Slotow, Rob
dc.contributor.author Strauss, W. Maartin
dc.contributor.author Humphries, Marc S.
dc.contributor.author Ryan, Peter G.
dc.contributor.author Kerley, Graham I.H.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-04T10:57:32Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-04T10:57:32Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09
dc.description.abstract Preventing the over-exploitation of natural resources is vital to ensure that biodiversity is protected and conserved. Legislation and regulations are therefore necessary to manage resource utilisation, but overly stringent legislation and regulations can have unintended negative consequences. For example, biodiversity research, much of which is state funded, is now subject to excessive red tape to the extent that overregulation is impeding progress. Researchers must navigate a myriad of laws, rules, permit requirements, ethics clearances and approvals, many of which require annual renewal, progress reporting, and submission of amendment applications for ongoing projects. Excessive red tape particularly hinders field-based research, and in our experience, has a negative impact on research productivity in South Africa. If current levels of bureaucracy and managerialism persist, we believe that the impact on biodiversity research in the country will be debilitating. Former South African Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, has acknowledged the negative impact of red tape on small business enterprise and economic growth in South Africa, and there are now attempts to reduce it. So too, excessive red tape and overregulation of research should be rationalised to enhance knowledge generation and application. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Paraclinical Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajs.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Alexander GJ, Tolley KA, Maritz B, McKechnie A, Manger P, Thomson RL, Schradin C, Fuller A, Meyer L, Hetem RS, Cherry M, Conradie W, Bauer AM, Maphisa D, O’Riain J, Parker DM, Mlambo MC, Bronner G, Madikiza K, Engelbrecht A, Lee AT, Jansen van Vuuren B, Mandiwana-Neudani TG, Pietersen D, Venter JA, Somers MJ, Slotow R, Strauss WM, Humphries MS, Ryan PG, Kerley GI. Excessive red tape is strangling biodiversity research in South Africa. South African Journal of Science 2021 Sep. 29;117(9/10). Available from: https://sajs.co.za/article/view/10787. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/sajs.2021/10787
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82028
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021. The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Research productivity en_ZA
dc.subject Human capital development en_ZA
dc.subject Nagoya Protocol en_ZA
dc.subject Bureaucracy en_ZA
dc.title Excessive red tape is strangling biodiversity research in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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