Threatened Species Programme: Plant component

The Threatened plant programme has the following focal areas:

  1. Conducting IUCN Red List assessments for all of South Africa's indigenous plant species. Assessments are published online at
  2. Monitoring the status of threatened plant populations in the wild via the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) civil society volunteer programme.
  3. Providing threatened plant locality data to land use decision makers to minimise further loss of threatened plant populations. Information collected from encoding herbarium records from various herbaria and surveying data from CREW volunteers is shared with the land-use decision makers and provincial conservation agencies for conservation plans and EIA decision making process.
  4. Informing provincial, national and international policy development for the conservation of threatened plant species. We work closely with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to develop the national lists for threatened and protected plant species as per the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.
  5. Identifying priority species for ex situ conservation and plant recovery programmes in collaboration with SANBI's botanical gardens and provincial conservation agencies.


Last updated on 06 June 2017
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