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Klaus Kellner, restoration ecologist

Prof Kellner is a re-elected C2 NRF rated scientists till 2016. His expertises lie in land degradation and restoration, with the emphasis on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) technologies, impacts on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and the restoration of degraded rangelands, mostly in arid- and semi-arid systems, as well as industrial damaged sites. He is currently the leader of a number of research projects funded by national and international agencies, e.g. GEF (Global Environment Facility), IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), EC (European Commission), BMBF (“Bundes Ministerium für Bildung und Forschung”), NRF (National Research Foundation in SA), ARC (Agricultural Research Council), DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs), DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and private organisation (e.g. Advance Seed). He was (till June 2013) a IR (Independent Reviewer) for the UNCC (United Nation’s Compensation Commission) for the Restoration and Remediation project in Kuwait. He has done numerous evaluations for United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) regarding projects on Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management (SLM), mainly in arid- and semi-arid regions at a global scale (e.g. LADA – “Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands”, carried out in 6 countries of the world). Prof Kellner has been the Science and Technology Correspondent (STC) for South Africa and is on the Roster for experts for the UNCCD (United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification) for the last 12 years. He was the Chairperson of the CST Bureau (Committee on Science and Technology) for the UNCCD on a global scale till October 2011, also representing the African continent in the CST Bureau. He has represented South Africa at the COP (Conference of Parties) for the UNCCD for the last 12 years (Including COP 11 in 2013 which was held in Windhoek, Namibia). He was part of the AGSA – “Advisory Group for the Provision of Scientific Advice” on DLDD issues for the UNCCD (DLDD – Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought) till April 2013 at COP 11 after which AGSA was dissolved. Only 12 experts from the world served on AGSA, and Prof Kellner was the only person from South Africa, one of only two from the African continent, the other coming from Ethiopia. At COP 11, the CST and COP Bureau decided to accept one of the proposals of AGSA, namely the establishment of an “Science-Policy-Interface” (SPI), to ensure that all scientific data within the UNCCD regarding DLDD, will be made available and more understandable for policy makers all over the world for better implementation. The latter will also contribute to the capacity building and training of land users and other stakeholders. This is a major achievement and will have a great impact in each UNCCD country. Prof Kellner has made presentations about his work in more than 30 countries of the world, mostly on invitation. Despite coordinating many projects, serving on advisory boards, participating in meetings and workshops and chairing sessions at national and international level, he still manages to produce at least 2-3 scientific publications per year over the last 15 years, wrote 10 chapters in books, developed a CD Rom on Restoration Technologies (Eco Restore) regarding woody plant encroachment for Namibia and South Africa, developed practical manuals for the monitoring of land degradation and SLM practices (e.g. LLM - Local Level Monitoring), and supervised or co-supervised over 35 post-graduate students. In 2007, he was selected as one of the top 10% and in 2009 and 2010 as one of the top 20% researchers at the North-West University in South Africa. In 2013 he received a certificate from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the NWU for outstanding achievements and contributions in training and research in the Botany Section. In his position as lecturer and supervisor, he strives to train, capacitate and develop scientists, extension workers and environmental managers that can serve the community in agriculture, conservation and other related environmental fields. Publication of scientific papers (2011-2013) (a) Published : 9 (b) Submitted in 2013 : 4 (c) In preparation (2012 and 2013) : 5 (d) Chapters in books : 8 Congresses and workshops (2012 & 2013) as author or co-author : about 45 Member of editorial staff and referee of scientific journals : Nine (9) Involvement in professional societies : six (6) External examiner External examiner for many MSc and PhD post-graduate thesis for the following Universities: University of Western Australia, Universities of Pretoria, Free State, Cape Town, Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela, Witwatersrand, Western Cape, University of Namibia, University of Western Australia, etc.
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Experienced scientists on DLDD restoration and rehabilitation ecology in arid- and semi-arid grass- and savanna regions


Agriculture; Climate change; Drought; Food security; Funding and resource mobilization; Land degradation and restoration; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Available for:

Fellowship; Consultancy; Consultancy to Parties; Consultancy to support reporting process

Contact details:

​Prof Klaus Kellner
School of Biological Sciences
North-West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)18 299 2510
Fax: +27 (0)18 299 2509
Mobile: +27 (0)825696145





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