The history of the partnership between the two organizations dates back to
the establishment of Kirstenbosch garden in 1913. This partnership is based
on the recognition that the struggle to preserve our rich diversity of plant
life can only be won when conservation organizations work together in
finding common solutions to common problems. Through the MoU
, the two
organizations will mobilize financial resources for small infrastructure and
a variety of projects in the national botanical gardens in South Africa.
SANBI’s work in botanical gardens will benefit from the support of BotSoc
members and volunteers. For example, SANBI’s programme on Custodians of Rare
and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) will see continued and increased
involvement of BotSoc members especially in the area of biodiversity
research. The teacher development resources and action programme of learners
in communities will be strengthened to articulate such areas such as climate
change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. All these are
subject to the provisions of the agreement between the two organizations.
SANBI is a respected authority in research into indigenous, naturalized and
alien flora of Southern Africa it is an institute under the Department of
Environmental Affairs (an IUCN state member since 1993) responsible for
ensuring that biodiversity knowledge influences policy, management and
to view the SANBI website.