Scientific Research

SEE’s goal is the preservation of marine and terrestrial biodiversity alongside the sustainable 
development of local livelihoods.
An essential step in this process is to increase understanding of the biodiversity, ecosystems and livelihoods that need protecting. Accurate information on the current status of
species, habitats and ecosystems is essential for ensuring conservation actions are well targeted. At the 
same time, gathering information on local livelihoods and the issues faced by local people is an important 
part of ensuring that conservation of biodiversity does not have negative social consequences. We 
therefore conduct socio-economic surveys alongside our studies of the conservation status of wildlife, 
habitats and ecosystems.

Over the years our scientific research has produced a wide range of ground breaking results that have been
used by numerous organisations, both here and abroad, in the development of conservation strategies.
Some examples are:

Our studies highlighted the incredible biodiversity supported by the marine ecosystems around Mafia 
   Island (Tanzania) and formed the basis for its designation as a marine park in 1996.

Mozambique’s Quirimbas National Park, the first national marine park to be designated since 
   Mozambiquan independence, was founded using information and recommendations from our research. 

Our biodiversity surveys in the East Usambara Mountains of the Eastern Arc Mountain Range in Tanzania 
   (the world's hottest biodiversity hotspot with the most endemic vertebrates per km) are recognised as  
   among the most detailed and extensive biodiversity data ever produced and showed just how incredible 
   the area is. These data contributed significantly towards the IUCN book ‘Biodiversity of the Eastern Arc
   Mountains’, and are now part of the Valuing the Arc project, which aims to improve knowledge of the
   ecosystem services provided by the Eastern Arc Mountains and to find sustainable ways to manage them.

The Montagne de Francais in Madagascar has been incorporated into the Ramena complex of protected 
   areas based on our data regarding the biodiversity of the region. 

We have contributed towards the discovery of more than 100 new species and towards numerous range
   extensions for plants and animals. These include a new bat species in Madagascar; hundreds of new 
   moth species in Vietnam; new invertebrates in Nicaragua; and new amphibians, lizards, chameleons, 
   snakes and small mammals in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. These kinds of discoveries help to
   improve understanding of the distribution of key biodiversity and thus the way actions to protect species 
   and ecosystems should be targeted.
Our research results have been published in hundreds of reports and peer-reviewed journals which are 
available in our publications catalogue.

Read more about the ongoing research activities on our current projects.