Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) newsletter

The Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) has issued their annual newsletter. CREW is the programme that involves volunteers from the public in the monitoring and conservation of South Africa’s threatened plants.

CREW aims to capacitate a network of volunteers from a range of socio-economic backgrounds to monitor and conserve South Africa’s threatened plant species. The programme links volunteers with their local conservation agencies and particularly with local land stewardship initiatives to ensure the conservation of key sites for threatened plant species.

Funded jointly by the Botanical Society of South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute, CREW is an integral part of the work on monitoring threatened species for South Africa.

This newsletter, produced annually, it is written by CREW volunteers and staff who coordinate the programme and covers the highlights for the 2019 field season, as well as important developments within the programme, and it is also filled with incredible articles that highlight the activities undertaken by the CREW citizen scientists.

With the aim of keeping this citizen science programme optimally effective, the team works towards achieving a balance of monitoring our flora, promoting plant conservation awareness and ensuring that gathered information is used to influence conservation decision making.

The articles published in the newsletter are a testament to the high level of commitment, resourcefulness and willingness of citizen scientists that participate in all CREW activities.

Download the newsletter here

For more information contact: Suvarna Parbhoo

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