Current Memorandums of Agreement


The Botanical Society of South Africa operates in partnership with various other like-minded organisations and institutions. Strong relationships with our partners enable us to work towards fulfilling our mission. Certain of these relationships have been formalised with the signing of Memorandums of Agreement (MoAs). The Society thank our partners and look forward to continuing to support one another and working together.

 

These agreements have been signed by authorised managers of the respective organisations, are laid out for fixed periods of time and are subject  to review.

 

MoA between BotSoc and SANBI

Historical links between SANBI (and its predecessors – the National Botanic Gardens and the National Botanical Institute) and BotSoc date back to 1913, when Kirstenbosch and BotSoc were established in Cape Town. The relationship has been hugely successful and mutually beneficial over the years- possibly the longest standing public-private partnership between environmental organisations in South Africa. The relationship has been documented in journals, publications and annual reports since 1913. In 2010 the relationship was formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations- necessary to guide future decisions.

 

The MoU, valid for 5 years, was signed by the respective organisations 28 June 2010. The relationship is not exclusive, as both organisations have similar relations (MoUs and MoAs) with many other bodies. This MoU provided clarity on roles, responsibilities, as well as communication channels and decision-making protocols. It included areas of finances, benefits, volunteers, contributions to conservation work (mainly through CREW), office space and IT, education, marketing, and infrastructure development. It also included a focus on joint projects and activities at a national level.

 

The 2010 MoU was reviewed by the respective management authorities and signed as a revised Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 29 August 2014.  SANBI’s mandate has expanded from National Botanical Garden (NBG) management to broader biodiversity concerns, including research, policy advice, information and knowledge management, HCD, planning and mainstreaming, as well as restoration and rehabilitation outside of the NBG system.

 

The revised 5-year MoA includes but is not restricted to:

SANBI receives 10% of annual BotSoc membership income with members in return gaining free access to all SANBI National Botanical Gardens; co-funding for SANBI infrastructure projects; volunteers; CREW; contributions to environmental education projects/programmes; joint marketing and awareness; garden-based features in Veld & Flora; publications; office space; joint projects and activities planned and implemented at a national level; growing and diversifying BotSoc membership;  developing relationships with other gardens; jointly developing a fundraising strategy.

 

MoA between BotSoc and CREW

The Botanical Society of SA (BotSoc) and the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) have been working together the champion wildflower conservation. The CREW programme  under SANBI’s Threatened Species Programme offers great opportunity for citizen science involvement and many BotSoc members are involved as volunteers with the programme, monitoring our country’s floral gems. BotSoc works in conjunction with CREW volunteers to record endangered plant species which helps BotSoc and SANBI with identifying priority areas for conservation projects, and further helps local government in their regional planning. Joint marketing and awareness play a large role and BotSoc has assisted in a number of fund raising initiatives for the CREW programme including a direct mail appeal to members; publishing of the Plants in Peril book, a gorgeous coffee table book showcasing 100 rare and threatened plants and stories of the CREW champions projecting them; Woolworths reusable shopping bags showcasing endangered plants and how to get involved. Groen Sebenza pioneers employed by BotSoc are working with the CREW teams nationally.  This MoA formalises our partnership and lays out how the two organisations work together, roles, responsibilities and support.

 

MoA between BotSoc and CPUT

The Department of Biodiversity and Conservation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and BotSoc signed a 3-year MoA in 2014, committing to support the training of second and third year nature conservation students. This relationship is the first of its kind between BotSoc as an environmental NGO and a tertiary educational institute. This agreement aims to establish cooperation between the two parties, with BotSoc offering lecture and field experience support to senior students in nature conservation.