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Mahlodi Tau

Director of Biodiversity Mainstreaming


Mahlodi Tau is the Director of Biodiversity Mainstreaming at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. His responsibility involves championing the mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecological infrastructure into a range of developmental sectors including rural development, agriculture, biodiversity economy, and at the nexus of water and ecosystems. Key activities includes implementation of biodiversity conservation-compatible inclusive rural economic development; Strategic leadership on biodiversity stewardship portfolio; Making the case for biodiversity, ecological infrastructure in development; Knowledge brokering at the interface of science-policy-people-practice through convening of transdisciplinary social learning spaces; Strengthening the enabling environment for land governance (landscapes and livelihoods); Addressing global societal challenges through the promotion of sustainable land management practices at various landscapes. His current research interest is on advancing the social-ecological understanding of conservation and how does this drive interventions oriented towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Mahlodi holds an Msc in Grassland Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.