The Institute for Soil, Climate and Water (ISCW) is the oldest of the eleven institutes of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa. ARC-ISCW was established in 1902 and celebrated its Centenary during 2002. The Institute functions under the ARC Business Division: Natural Resources and Engineering.
As reflected in its name, ARC-ISCW's mandate concerns the sustainable and integrated use and management of the natural resources soil, climate and water.
ARC-ISCW Research Institute Manager
Dr. Mphekgo Maila
Tel: +27 (0)12 310 2501
Fax: +27 (0)12 323 1157
ARC-ISCW follows a holistic approach towards natural resources utilization and conservation. It therefore promotes and collaborates in multi-institutional, cross-sectoral, bilateral and multi-lateral research teams. Its researchers are trained and experienced in project management and planning, and in teamwork. The Institute has a proud history of successful formal agreements with national and international initiatives, and actively participates in formal ARC cooperation agreements with other countries. It hosts international and national symposia and is experienced in facilitating workshops and problem analysis.
The strength of ARC-ISCW lies in its multidisciplinary approach, scientific excellence, breadth and depth of scientific and technological skills, and in its capacity to draw on a wide range of key disciplines required to provide holistic, innovative solutions to clients with respect to sustainable land use, the conservation of the natural resources and environmental quality.
The structure of ARC-ISCW comprises a Research Institute Manager, six Research and Development Programmes and a number of Support Divisions.