What is the Fynbos Forum?
The Fynbos Forum…
- Meets each year in a different venue within the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa.
- Is a transdisciplinary regional learning network that supports the collaborative production of knowledge that underpins regional conservation efforts in the fynbos biome, Cape Floristic Region, South Africa.
- Is a diverse affiliation of natural scientists, researchers, planners, managers, landowners, conservationists, environmentalists and a range of interested stakeholders, each of whom make unique contributions to fynbos biome conservation.
- Has met annually over the last 40 years to discuss and formulate priorities for future research and conservation management actions required to ensure the conservation and sustainability of fynbos ecosystems.
- Undertakes to assess biological resources, ensure institutional capacity and consider socio-economic issues in the fynbos biome.
- Membership is open to anyone and is based on the individual’s commitment to attending the annual meetings.
- Annual meetings have attracted 80 attendees, in makeshift facilities in remote reserves, to over 350 delegates in a formal conference venues.
- Will celebrate its 41st annual meeting in 2019 @ Elim, Western Cape.
What is fynbos?
Fynbos is the fire-prone shrubland that grows on the infertile, sandy soils of the South West Cape in South Africa. It is the dominant vegetation type of the Cape Floristic Region, and contributes most of its 9400 species, of which 68% are endemic.
Fynbos is accorded biome status, where a biome is the largest unit of a habitat recognised by ecologists and is characterised on the basis of its life form combinations (in the case of fynbos: evergreen shrubs, bulbs and plants with buds at or near the soil surface), climate, soils and disturbance regimes.
What is the Cape Floristic Region?
The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) ...
* Comprises an area in the south west of South Africa totalling 90 000 square kilometres.
* Extends geographically from Cape Town northwards to Niewoudtville and eastwards to Port Elizabeth.
* Is identified as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
* Contains large numbers of endemic species which are under severe threat due to habitat loss and other human activities.
* Was once known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, a name that originated from an old system of classification that divided the world into six major plant kingdoms, on the basis of their number of endemic plant families, genera and species. The Cape Floral Kingdom was the smallest in area, yet one of the richest in plant species.
Forty years of Fynbos Forum meetings
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