The African Chapter of ISEM was established to serve as an African centred platform for information exchange and communication regarding any aspect of ecological modelling. We want to serve as a recognised platform for experts and those striving to be experts (the next generation) in the field of ecological modelling. For this aim, we will network with national and international societies with common goals, and use our expertise to protect and conserve the ecological integrity of ecosystems, and promote sustainable utilisation of natural resources.