Abstract:

The CREW Programme: volunteer amateur botanists making significant contributions to the taxonomy and conservation of threatened plants

Suvarna Parbhoo

The CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) programme has been operating since 2003 and since 2007 in KZN.  We have established 22 volunteer groups across the country to assist with monitoring and conserving rare and threatened plants. CREW volunteers have been providing critical data required for updating Red List Assessments, contributing to identifying conservation priority areas, assisting Biodiversity Stewardship programmes, making significant new plant discoveries and submitting important distribution records and specimens to several South African herbaria. The focus of this paper is to illustrate the important contributions that citizen amateur botanists make to botany by showcasing their new discoveries, collaborative projects with taxonomists and valuable contributions to herbarium collections.  Since the inception of the CREW programme in 2003 we have discovered 15 new species, rediscovered 13 species and collected population data on 825 species of conservation concern.

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The CREW Programme: volunteer amateur botanists making significant contributions to the taxonomy and conservation of threatened plants

 

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South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), KZN Herbarium, PO Box52099, Durban , 4007

 

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