i-Fynbos: 4 tips on how you can use the fynbos app

For the first time, landowners and harvesters can now monitor the impacts of harvesting on fynbos populations. And all of this through an easy-to-use cellphone app.

The app is meant to support fynbos management.

 

BUT it can also be used to help identify fynbos species that are picked frequently – and to know whether these species are endangered or not. 

Here are 4 quick tips for you to manoeuvre through the i-Fynbos application: 

1. DOWNLOAD

Like most apps, the i-Fynbos app can be downloaded from the Google Playstore (it’s not available to Apple users yet). You’ll find this on any Android smartphone device. Just search for i-Fynbos – then download it (it’s about 17MB).

2: FIELD GUIDE

Under the menu, you’ll see a heading called: The Field Guide. This is a guide to 41 fynbos species harvested on the Agulhas Plain. It includes pictures, descriptions, and the conservation status of each species.

Where could you use this? It’s a great tool to use when you’re walking through fynbos landscapes (but it only lists fynbos species that are harvested). Or when you’re in-store buying a bouquet of fynbos, and you’d like to know the conservation status of the plant.

3: TIPS FOR PICKERS

Under the menu, you’ll also see a section called: Tips for pickers. Here are 10 principles to use when cutting fynbos, to do it responsibly.

4: CREATE A SAMPLE

If you’re a harvester or landowner using the app to collect data, login to the member section. And create your first sample. We describe exactly how to go about taking a sample, and what steps to take. It’s a simple, easy way to monitor fynbos harvesting – and to see the impacts of it over time.

Still not sure? Check out the User Sample section for some examples.

AND OF COURSE: Get in touch with Flower Valley Conservation Trust to find out more about the i-Fynbos app, how to use it, and how to work together to support sustainable fynbos harvesting.