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NMMU and SANRAL researching Fynbos conservation

OCTOBER 7, 2014
NMMU and SANRAL researching Fynbos conservation

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) are currently conducting research on “the contribution of the national road reserve to conservation in the eastern portion of the Fynbos Biome”.

This forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, one of South Africa’s Biodiversity hotspots.

Sanral’s Annual Report 2013/14 says that the project will “culminate in a guideline document for the management of this important plant kingdom”.

It says that interim results show that fynbos in road reserves “is extremely similar to intact fynbos found in more natural areas and that there are all types of species characteristic of fynbos in road reserves”.

The report states that this is of “particular importance” in the Tsitsikamma area.

This, it explains, is because most of the original fynbos in the Tsitsikamma area has either been converted to pine plantations or to agricultural land.

The road reserve fynbos “represents some of the last remaining patches of fynbos in the area”.

Further, the research has also recorded a number of threatened plant species in the road reserve, three of which are critically endangered, two endangered and one vulnerable.

“These species are of particular importance to conservation as their numbers are currently decreasing in the wild” and the road reserve is therefore “extremely valuable for conservation”. - metrominutes


IMAGE sourced from www.fynboshub.co.za