A new position supporting conservation extension and applied research in fynbos-
harvesting areas across the Cape Floral Kingdom has been launched within Flower Valley Conservation Trust. Bronwyn Botha has been appointed in the post. Her position is being funded by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust for the next three years.
Bronwyn’s role includes taking the Sustainable Harvesting Programme to three new areas where fynbos harvesting takes place: the West Coast, the Boland and the Riversdale-area. She will also continue to work with stakeholders in the Programme on the Agulhas Plain – where it has been rolled out over the past ten years. The project is receiving co-funding from the European Union.
Aside from working with fynbos suppliers and land users to encourage fynbos conservation, Bronwyn will also seek to develop an overarching fynbos research strategy, with input from suppliers, tertiary institutions and the fynbos industry. The aim is to better answer the industry’s research needs, and to help coordinate the collection of data to inform research. Already 20 ‘field monitors’ have received training in research and monitoring techniques, through a project supported by the Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme (implemented by the United Nations Development Programme). These field monitors will now undertake fynbos monitoring activities, and assist in data collection.
Bronwyn has joined Flower Valley from the Wilderness Foundation, where she worked in partnership with SANParks to create a Protected Environment in the Eastern Cape. She previously worked as a conservator and researcher for the Lower Breede River Conservancy. She has also worked closely with blue cranes in the past, including her role as Regional Co-ordinator: Western Cape Crane Conservation Project, and also as a field worker for the Overberg Crane Group.
Flower Valley wishes to welcome Bronwyn in her new role.