Southern African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists

About the Institute

The Southern African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists was initiated in 1998 as an institute which could serve in the interests of ecologists and environmental scientists in southern Africa. As young professions growing exponentially in knowledge, practice and personnel, they needed a representative organisation to maintain quality and professionality in ecological and environmental practice. SAIEES was formed for this purpose, attracting professionals from biological, physical and social scientific disciplines.

We currently have 283 members, 131 registered as ecologists, 106 as environmental scientists, and 29 registered under both disciplines. There are 11 specialist libraries registered under the Institute.


SAIEES was instrumental in initiating the Environmental Assessment Practitioners accreditation process, which is currently being concluded under the auspices of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in South Africa. This accreditation body for Environmental Assessment Practitoners will become the statuatory register for South Africa, but membership to SAIEES as a regional Southern African Institute should be retained by Environmental Scientists wishing to be connected to fellow scientists in the region for networking and knowledge development purposes.

SAIEES, through its association with the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), is a powerful lobby and networking organisation relating to environmental and sustainable development issues in Africa. It endeavors to keep professionals informed of developments within the environmental disciplines, and provide a resource of information to potential employers and clients.


Download the SAIEES Constitution. [PDF, 32KB]