New biodiversity booklet available to download
New booklet available: Biodiversity early warning systems: South African citizen scientists monitoring change. Edited by Phoebe Barnard & Marienne de Villiers
We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest popular booklet, Biodiversity early warning systems: South African citizen scientists monitoring change. This is a SANBI/DEA/ADU joint venture that celebrates the achievements of our citizen scientists.
The status and distribution of our plant and animal populations are critical indicators of environmental health. By monitoring changes in populations, we can readily gauge the impacts of human activities, including climate change. The trends detected by monitoring programmes can provide a useful tool and early warning of biodiversity loss to guide environmental management decisions. The contribution of "citizen scientists" to biodiversity data projects is an invaluable resource which enables scientists to provide sound information for decision makers at all levels, including national policy. This booklet is a celebration of the achievements of our citizen scientists and South Africa’s potential for rapid environmental change impact detection.