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Risk & Vulnerability Science Centre


The Risk and Vulnerability Science Centres (RVSCs) envisage resilient communities where scientific knowledge and research-based decision support tools are applied to efficiently and effectively manage the risks of, and vulnerability to environmental adversities.

Mission Statement 

The Risk and Vulnerability Science Centres (RVSCs) are designed to empower rural-based universities to contribute to effective production and application of Global Change knowledge, as well as to the development of capacity for Global Change research. The Centres are intended to provide risk and vulnerability assessment services to local communities and other potential users of such information, and in so doing, provide knowledge brokering support for effective use of the Risk and Vulnerability Atlas initiated by the Department of Science and Technology.


The main objectives of the RVSCs are to:

  • Conduct research in, and provide services for assessment of down-stream global change risks and the effects thereof on human well-being.
  • Advance evidence-based policy making and the betterment of communities particularly in rural areas.
  • Serve as a vehicle for valorizing the products of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA) as tools for decision making in disaster risk management and for risk and vulnerability assessment in the planning of development projects/programmes.
  • Establish an effective network of skills and support system across disciplines as well to promote coordination of communities, municipalities, institutions of higher learning and government departments towards sustainable economic development.