CUSTODIANS OF RARE AND ENDANGERED WILDPLANTS (CREW) PROGRAMME: KWAZULU-NATAL NODE
VOLUNTEER AMATEUR BOTANISTS MAKING SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CONSERVATION OF THREATENED PLANTS
Suvarna Parbhoo
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) Programme

 

Abstract:

The CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) Programme is in its 10th year of operation nationally and 6th year in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).We have established 22 volunteer groups across the country (nine of which are within KZN) 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.

 

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CUSTODIANS OF RARE AND ENDANGERED WILDPLANTS (CREW) PROGRAMME: KWAZULU-NATAL NODE
VOLUNTEER AMATEUR BOTANISTS MAKING SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CONSERVATION OF THREATENED PLANTS

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