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:
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.