Advancing ecology and management of African rangelands and pastures in a changing world by:
· Publishing relevant high quality research
· Providing a dynamic and professional annual congress at which scientifically rigorous papers are presented
· Facilitating the translation of science into policy and practice
· Developing human capacity to study and manage rangelands and pastures
· Providing a forum for trans-disciplinary debate, particularly between fields of production systems, biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services
· Assisting decision makers to understand the links between ecosystem services, global change, sustainability and human wellbeing
The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include, amongst others, ecology, botany zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics.
The GSSA has a multi-disciplinary base and promotes interaction between environmental practitioners, scientists and students who are employed by a wide range of institutions including government, universities, development, agricultural, wildlife and related agencies.