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These publications may have botanical or zoological subject matter, but do not contain any original research or new information, and therefore cannot be published as numbers in the Strelitzia or Suricata. These are books that need to be de-branded for various reasons, e.g. publications commissioned by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and books that do not quite fit the scientific journal format of the aforementioned journals or the SANBI Biodiversity Series, for example coffee table books, informative booklets and garden guides.

Ecosystem Guidelines for the Savanna Biome

Author: Prepared by the South African National Biodiversity Institute Publication date: 2021

The Savanna Biome is the largest biome in South Africa, occupying more than one third of the country’s surface area (Twine et al. 2003). The biome covers an area of ~399 600 km2, occurring in all provinces other than the Western Cape, and predominates in the northern and eastern sections of the country. This Ecosystem Guidelines divide the Savanna Biome into eight Ecosystem Groups, seven terrestrial groups and one inland aquatic, which share similar ecological drivers, characteristics and have similar management requirements. This document is supported by a spatial dataset with boundaries of each of the Groups. The reader should check the location of their area of interest to determine if the guideline has applicability, and if so, which Ecosystem Group applies. Soft cover, A4, pp. 168.

ISBN 978-1-928224-49-5
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Ecosystem Guidelines for the Albany Thicket Biome

Author: Prepared by the South African National Biodiversity Institute Publication date: 2021

Ecosystem guidelines have been developed for a number of biomes in South Africa. They represent the collective knowledge from a range of stakeholders and researchers, and incorporate the best available science. The guidelines aim to communicate complex and technical information in a non-technical format in order to make the information accessible to non-scientists. The guidelines also provide contextual information about the ecosystem types in the biome and supply step-by-step guidelines in terms of what ecosystem features and characteristics, key drivers of the ecosystems which are important to consider, and provide recommendations about how the ecosystems should be assessed or managed. Soft cover, A4, pp. 180.

ISBN 978-1-928224-45-7
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South Africa’s New Marine Protected Areas

Author: K. Sink, R. Adams, J. Mann, O. Whitehead, M. Franken & K. Maze Publication date: 2019

In 2019 the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs approved the declaration of 20 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This proclamation was the culmination of over 12 years of research by scientists from DEA, SANBI and a network of research institutions. The research identified areas of ecological and biodiversity importance in the South African EEZ. Through careful Marine Spatial Planning, ocean industries such as fishing, mining and shipping can co-exist with marine protected areas, and in the case of fisheries, even benefit. The government's initiative of Operation Phakisa, meaning 'hurry up', fast-tracked the implementation of the planning of these MPAs. In this book each of the new MPAs will be introduced, highlighting their special features and why they are important. Soft cover, A5, pp. 56.

ISBN 978-1-928224-31-0
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National Biodiversity Assessment 2018

Author: Prepared by the South African National Biodiversity Institute Publication date: 2019

This synthesis report presents the summarised results of South Africa's NBA 2018, and is underpinned by seven technical reports. The NBA is led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), and is a collaborative effort from over 470 individuals from approximately 90 institutions. The NBA synthesises the best available science on South Africa's biodiversity to inform policy and decision making in a range of sectors, and contribute to national development priorities. NBA 2018 follows on from the previous two assessments in 2004 and 2011, and is an important part of SANBI's mandate to monitor and report regularly on the status of the country's biodiversity, in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004). NBA 2018 showcases findings for the headline indicators of threat status and protection level for both ecosystems and species, and presents these findings across the terrestrial, inland aquatic, estuarine and marine realms, as well as for the coast and South Africa's sub-Antarctic territory (Prince Edward and Marion Islands and associated waters). New analyses in NBA 2018 include an examination of potential ways to assess genetic diversity on a national scale, trend analyses for species threat status, and an assessment of land cover change in the terrestrial environment. The NBA highlights the crucial role of biodiversity assets and ecological infrastructure in providing benefits to people that underpin social and economic development. Soft cover, A4, pp. 224.

ISBN 978-1-928224-34-1
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Biodiversity highlights from South Africa

Author: Prepared by the South African National Biodiversity Institute Publication date: 2019

As the decade of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 draws to a close, we reflect on our progress towards its vision of 'a world living in harmony with nature'. It is necessary to be self-critical, and acknowledge the continuing challenges towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. However, it is also important to remind ourselves of our achievements over the past decade. Through the commitment and dedication of government, non-governmental organisations, researchers, financial donors, the private sector, civil society and ordinary people, we have made some significant strides towards achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In this booklet, we focus on the good news for biodiversity from South Africa. This is by no means a complete report card of South Africa’s work towards each Aichi Biodiversity Target, nor an assessment of the remaining work to be done. Rather, each short snippet shares a real win for biodiversity that has proven to be a valued step forward. These successes are a source of optimism and hope that will prompt us toward facing the post-2020 future with renewed enthusiasm. Soft cover, 210 × 260 mm, pp. 60.

ISBN 978-1-928224-38-9
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Author: Francois du Randt Publication date: 2018

Maputaland in the northeast corner of KwaZulu-Natal lies at the southern end of one of the largest coastal plains in Africa. It is a beautiful area and incredibly species rich, with high levels of plant and animal endemism. The sand forest of Maputaland is especially unique in its biological diversity, geological history and vegetation dynamics. This book provides a comprehensive natural historical overview of Maputaland, covering subjects such as: early explorers and inhabitants, topography and hydrology, climate, geology, soils, effect of fires, the biotic environment and vegetation. The sand forest of Maputaland is discussed in detail, with information about the differences between the various forest types, the soils of the sand forest, allelopathy, the origin of sand forest, the surrounding vegetation, as well as the fauna and flora of the sand forest. Information about the fauna and flora of the Maputaland Sand Forest is given in a narrative format, where interesting plants and animals are discussed in chapters titled, amongst others, 'The magical ordeal tree', 'Torches in the forest', 'Sherbets and bushbabies', 'The deadman's tree', 'Climbers and owls' and 'The winged-fruited ones'. Information is also provided about marine sediments and fossils, as well as about accommodation, reserves and leopards of the region. Information for plants and animals discussed includes a short description, the scientific and vernacular names (and origin or meanings of these names), as well as interesting uses and interactions. Hard cover. 250 × 250 mm. pp. 428.

ISBN 978-1-928224-26-6
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Author: O.A. Leistner Publication date: 2018

‘A man upright and tenacious of purpose’ A life, almost Old Testament long, rich and multifaceted, touching several generations of students and lovers of plants, and of men, women and children in need of help; a man as seen through the eyes of his colleagues, acquaintances, family members and friends. Thus begin this 40 page long booklet about the life and works of Dr Bernard de Winter and his wife Mayda. Compiled by Dr O.A. Leistner, lifelong colleague and friend of Dr de Winter, full of anecdotes and interesting facts. Well worth a read. Soft cover. 148 x 210 mm. pp. 40.

ISBN 978-1-928224-30-3
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Author: M.K. Marumo Publication date: 2018

Invasive alien plants are a real problem in Botswana. They impose negative impacts such as the choking of rivers, lowering crop yields, spoiling the natural beauty of landscapes and they use a lot of underground water, thus reducing the available amount of water for other plants and humans. A lot of funds are needed to control and eradicate them, so early detection and control of these species are imperative. These plants are usually introduced intentionally as ornamentals and crops, or unintentionally through dispersal of seeds by wind, water, humans and animals. This book is an outcome of observation or monitoring of invasive alien plants in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. Several invasive alien plants have been observed in Gaborone. They have been recorded from riverbeds, beside roads, in disturbed areas, in open spaces, around residential areas, around business areas and other places in the city. The purpose of this booklet is to help members of the community, law enforcers and researchers interested in management of invasive alien plants with these species’ identification. This book documents 16 invasive alien plants observed in Gaborone from 2013 to 2017. Continuous monitoring is necessary to gather more data on these and other invasive alien species. Soft cover. 180 x 260 mm. pp. 28.

ISBN 978-1-928224-24-2
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Editor: D. Raimondo Publication date: 2015

South Africa is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity and is committed to the implementation of a national strategy to conserve plants that aligns with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). With 6% of the world’s plant diversity and strong botanical and conservation capacity, South Africa is well placed to make a significant contribution to plant conservation globally. This document presents South Africa’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation. It includes 16 outcome oriented targets, each of which, if implemented well, will help lead to improved conservation of South Africa’s plants. The targets include work that ranges from the description, assessment and conservation (in situ and ex situ) of South Africa’s plants; to work on the sustainable utilisation of plant species. In South Africa, plant conservation is not done in isolation of other biodiversity conservation work. This National Strategy for Plant Conservation aligns with South Africa’s updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Each of the outcomes in this plant strategy is either directly represented or nested under one of the activities of the NBSAP. Under the leadership of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (the focal point for the implementation of the GSPC nationally), and with support from the Botanical Society of South Africa, a network of botanists and conservationists has been developed that includes conservation agencies, NGOs and academic institutions. It is this strong network that will ensure that South Africa’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation is implemented by 2020. Soft cover, A4, pp. 84.

ISBN: 978-1-928224-04-4
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Authors: A.M. Isaiah & T. Komi Publication date: 2015

Thirty-three grass species found to occur in the Botswana National Botanical Garden during a three-month long survey in the summer of 2012 are presented in this guide. Each species is illustrated by a photograph of a herbarium specimen, supplemented by some short notes on its morphology, its habitat and the frequency with which the species occur in the garden. The species are arranged alphabetically according to scientific names and English and Tswana common names are also provided. All specimens illustrated in this guide are available in the National Herbarium of Botswana (GAB) in Gaborone. Soft cover, A4, pp. 36.

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Authors: D. Raimondo, K. Grieve, N. Helme, R. Koopman & I. Ebrahim Publication date: 2013

South Africa has the highest documented number of extinct plant species of any country in the world. As a result of human destruction of natural areas for agriculture and urban development, as well as the spread of invasive alien plants and illegal harvesting of plants for horticultural and medicinal trade, 2 553 plant species are currently threatened with extinction. This publication focuses on 100 of these plants, some of which are on the brink of extinction, with the aims of highlighting the factors threatening their survival and raising awareness of the actions required for their conservation. Published by the South African National Biodiversity Institute in 2013. Hard cover. 257 × 254 mm. pp. vii + 208.

ISBN: 978-1-919976-87-7
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Authors: M. Freiberg & J. Manning Publication date: 2013

The Core Cape Floristic Region comprises an estimated 9 383 species of vascular plants in 997 genera and 178 families. Available literature provides some guidance on roughly where to go to best explore this remarkably diverse and charismatic flora, but until now it has been nearly impossible to get a more exact idea of where to find the richest concentrations of species. This collection of floristic maps visualises the distribution of the Cape Flora at the taxonomic levels of family and genus, making it simpler for conservationists, botanists and tourists to identify centres of diversity and species richness within the region.

ISBN: 978-1-919976-85-3
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Authors: A. Driver, K.J. Sink, J.L. Nel, S. Holness, L. van Niekerk, F. Daniels, Z. Jonas, P.A. Majiedt, L. Harris & K. Maze Publication date: 2012

This report presents the results of South Africa’s National Biodiversity Assessment 2011. The NBA 2011 follows on the National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment 2004, broadening the scope of the assessment to include key thematic issues as well as a spatial assessment. It fulfils a core aspect of SANBI’s mandate: to monitor and report on the state of South Africa’s biodiversity. The assessment covers the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments, as well as species of special concern and invasive alien species.

The NBA provides headline indicators of the state of South Africa’s ecosystems, and highlights the crucial role of ecological infrastructure in providing ecosystems services that underpin social and economic development. It presents new work on geographic areas that contribute to climate change resilience, and reflect the enormous progress made since 2004 in mapping and assessing biodiversity in aquatic environments. In includes a summary of spatial biodiversity priority areas that have been identified through systematic biodiversity plans at national, provincial and local level.

The NBA is led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute in partnership with a range of organisations. It represents a collaborative effort to translate best available science into policy-relevant indicators and information that can inform action and support wise decision-making in the biodiversity sector and beyond. Soft cover. A4. pp. 1 98.

ISBN 978-1-919976-72-3
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Authors: Prepared by the Government of South Africa Publication date: 2010

South Africa’s protected area network falls short of sustaining biodiversity and ecological processes. In this context, the goal of the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy is to achieve cost-effective protected area expansion for ecological sustainability and increased resilience to climate change. This document highlights ways in which we can become more efficient and effective in allocating the scarce human and financial resources available for protected area expansion. It sets targets for protected area expansion, provides maps of the most important areas for protected area expansion, and makes recommendations on mechanisms for protected area expansion. Soft cover. A 4. pp. vi + 41.

ISBN 978-1-919976-55-6
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