Current projects

The Red List Project

The Red List Project is one of the activities under the Threatened Plants Section of the NBRI. The project aims to assign a conservation status to every one of Namibia’s more than 4000 indigenous plant taxa, using the IUCN Red List classification system. To date, over 1400 taxa have been assigned a conservation status. The Red List is dynamic and the status of any taxon is updated as new information becomes available.

The natural regeneration of woodland plants in abandoned fields in north-eastern Namibia

This study is conducted under the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre and aims to determine the viability of the soil seed banks in agricultural abandoned fields in Kavango region, as an attempt to recover forest.

The Flora of Namibia

An ambitious project which seeks to bring together existing and new knowledge gained from the study of our indigenous and naturalised plants, to form an up-to-date knowledge base in order to promote knowledge and sustainable utilisation of this resource.


The “Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management” (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Germany, responding to the challenges of global change. This initiative is aimed at complementing the excellent existing research and capacity development infrastructures and research initiatives in the region.

Monitoring species of conservation concern

This project forms part of the activities of the Threatened Plants Section. There is little value in simply listing threatened species without taking action to conserve them.  However, currently little information is available about populations of many species that are a conservation concern. Monitoring populations over time allows us to detect changes in population parameters, which in turn means that we can make informed conservation decisions.