Landowners and harvesters who harvest wild fynbos can now better manage their fynbos populations through a new cell phone application. The app, called i-Fynbos, collects information on fynbos harvested from the wild, and allows effective monitoring over time. Landowners and harvesters will be able to check that their harvesting is sustainable in the long term.
Around 60% of fynbos used in the bouquet market is harvested from natural landscapes, because it is cheaper than the focal flowers picked in cultivated flower orchards. That amounts to millions of stems that are picked every year and sold. But very little is known about how fynbos landscapes change, due to insufficient monitoring.
Where does harvested fynbos originate?
According to Kirsten Watson, Flower Valley Conservation Trust’s Conservation Manager, “There is a need to know where the harvested fynbos comes from and how it’s harvested.”
She says that monitoring fynbos is difficult, because of the vast landscapes across which harvesting takes place. “Where does one even start to evaluate a property? Where do I go to look at harvested veld?”
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