1. Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) with SANBI:
This is an exciting project with nodes around the country for volunteers to participate in. BotSoc works in conjunction with SANBI’s CREW volunteers to record endangered flower species which helps BotSoc and SANBI with identifying priority areas for conservation projects, and further helps local government in their regional planning.
Click on the link to find out more about the project Threatened Species Annual Report 2012 Final.pdf (1.43MB)
Click on the link to read their newsletter CREW Newsletter 2014.pdf (2.03MB)
2. CEPF Application for CREW and Stewardship Programme in
The CEPF is a joint initiative of I’Agence Française de Dèveloppement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.
This project is a two year project and will be undertaken in collaboration with the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the SANBI CREW programme. The strategic direction under the Ecosystem profile is: To expand conservation areas and improve land use in 22 key biodiversity areas through innovative approaches that sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services, to develop and implement conservation agreements to expand private and communal protected areas, particularly habitats underrepresented in the current protected area network.
Latest news on the project CEPF September 2012.pdf
This project has been extended to September 2014.
3. Groen Sebenza Programme
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in partnership with 40 environmental/biodiversity organisations has embarked on a major skills development and job creation pilot programme, Groen Sebenza, a Jobs Fund Partnership Project.
Groen Sebenza is aimed at ddeveloping priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants. The partnership is made up of organisations from all tiers of government, NGOs and the private sector.
BotSoc, as one of the partner organisations, is currently hosting 5 pioneers for the two-and-a-half year period of the programme. These pioneers are working with CREW and gaining training and experience as para-ecologists.
To read more about the BotSoc'hosted Groen Sebenza pioneers please refer to your Veld & Flora magazines and read the CREW 2014 newsletter (see above, under project 1).
4. National Strategy for Plant Conservation (NSPC)
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and SANBI have undertaken to develop South Africa's Plant Conservation Strategy. As a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, SA is required to develop a national strategy for plant conservation that is aligned with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). The GSPC, which was adopted by parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002, and revised for a further 10 years (2011-2020) in 2010, consists of 16 outcome orientated targets for conserving plants. For more information on th GSPC please visit www.plants2020.net
The GSPC global targets are aspirational targets and not likely to be achievable in countries like South Africa which have highly diverse floras and where conservation goals need to compete with other government priorities for social and economic development. In addition, in SA plant conservation does not take place in isolation but is integrated into general biodiversity conservation work. Due to this situation SA is developing a unique national strategy and BotSoc is involved with this.
5. EIA WESSA supported workshops
A partnership between WESSA and BotSoc has been formed offering members and non-members Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) training. These workshops share knowledge and understanding of the EIA process and capacitate interested individuals to become involved in commenting on EIAs.
6. Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Biodiversity and Conservation Faculty support
This project is currently being developed. It aims to offer CPUT biodiversity and conservation senior students support through resources and field experience opportunities.