Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life in a certain area and how they interact with one-another. It is therefore the foundation of ecosystem services and is essential to sustain agriculture and human well-being. Agriculture and biodiversity are closely interrelated. While biodiversity is critical for agriculture, agriculture could also contribute to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The future of the agricultural sector will depend greatly on smart agricultural farming practices which recognize the importance of biodiversity.

At the link below is a guide for landowner's to use to manage biodiversity on their farm or to seek advise:

Biodiversity guide for landowner's

SANBI's Biodiversity Advisor Website

General Tips on Biodiversity:

  • Find out more about endangered species of animals and plants - and inform others about why and how these can be conserved.

  • Do not pick up or take any wild animal (such as tortoises) out of its habitat.

  • Avoid or use fewer chemicals. Rather use biological methods of pest control.

  • Be fire alert and don’t start a fire in an unsafe area.

  • Don’t leave a fire unattended.

  • Extinguish a fire completely when you are finished.

  • Report burning wildfires immediately.

Below you will find two links on fire prevention and management:

Best Practice Guideline

A Landowner's Guide to Fire Management

Visit the SANBI and CapeNature websites for more detailed information:

SANBI

CapeNature

If you seek information on wetlands and the importance thereof in South Africa please visit the two links below:

Wetland Portal of SA

Wetlands Conservation Programme in South Africa

Worthwhile websites to visit:

Biodiversity Explorer is a great source of information on biodiversity, biology and ecosystems in southern Africa: Biodiversity Explorer

Conservation South Africa helps society to adopt a more sustainable approach: Conservation South Africa

For information on conservation in Africa visit: African Conservation Foundation

Ecosystems Guidelines in the Western Cape

 

For more detailed information on Biodiversity visit our Project's & Research section.