Documents

The SANBI document library contains documents located in four places:

  • Documents to download from this website. These are mostly pdfs.
  • Documents to be found on other websites which relate to biodiversity. SANBI cannot guarantee the continued availability of these documents.
  • Publications by SANBI staff which we may not display on our website for copyright reasons, but which may be obtained by emailing the staff member concerned.
  • Documents which are not accessible online but we will provide some advice on how to access

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  • Karoo BioGaps Project Mid-project report on fieldwork, July 2017
    The Karoo BioGaps Project aims to assemble foundational biodiversity data by integrating current fieldwork data with historical data found in South Africa’s museums and herbaria. The consolidated data will support decision-making about infrastructure developments in the Karoo basin.
    Reports
    Carol Poole
    Published 2017 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 1.61 MB
  • Ecological infrastructure: Fact sheet
    A fact sheet on ecological infrastructure.
    Biodiversity lists
    External documents
    Policy documents
    Reports
    Resources
    SANBI biodiversity series
    SANBI corporate documents
    General
    SANBI
    Published 2016 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 3.16 MB
  • Washed away
    Losing healthy catchments upriver can have devastating consequences for built infrastructure further downstream, due to flooding. The study calls for better decision making in the management of landscapes.
    Resources
    de Waal J, Holloway A
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 2.12 MB
  • Water thieves
    Dense growth of invasive alien plants dry out water catchment drops the water levels in rivers and increases fire risk. River banks and surrounding grasslands become erosion-prone, meaning the water that does make it into the river is sediment-laden and of poor quality. The study shows the importance of clearing invasive alien trees catchments. This is not a once-off effort, but needs to be maintained for decades.
    Resources
    Dini J., Everson C., Marais C., Ivey, P.
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 6.96 MB
  • Scrubbing our water clean
    Wetlands scrub pollutants out of the water through various natural processes, making these systems invaluable allies when dealing with water contaminated by mining processes, industrial effluent, sewage, and agricultural runoff. But even the most robust wetland has a breaking point.
    Resources
    Dini J , McCarthy T
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 1.02 MB
  • A Flower in The Heart of Eden
    Working together to co-manage water catchments means everyone can benefit from greater water yields and protection from flood risk. Looks at Eden District Municipality.
    Resources
    Nel D, Nel J
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 834.91 KB
  • A Cup of Tea
    Rooibos tea grows wild in the Fynbos of the Suid Bokkeveld, and small scale tea farmers harvest it for a living. Wild rooibos is more drought and heat tolerant than the kind of rooibos that commercial farmers have been cultivating for 80 years. Wild rooibos may yet be the answer to commercial farming of rooibos tea, and sustaining the associated jobs and downstream economic benefits, in a hotter, drier, climate-altered world. Nature has many such plants we depend on for medicine and agriculture.
    Resources
    Oettle N, Malgas R
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 4.68 MB
  • A stream ran through it
    How a healthy river system cleans up effluent and improves water quality to the economically critical Midmar Dam.
    Resources
    Graham M., Tylor J.
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 6.94 MB
  • Before & After: Cleaning up the Zaalklapspruit
    Healthy wetlands are an invaluable ally which can clean water contaminated by mining, industrial effluent, sewage, and agricultural runoff. Documenting the restoration of the degraded Zaalklapspruit will show a healthy wetland getting back to work.
    Resources
    Dini J , de Klerk A
    Published 2015 by SANBI
    © SANBI
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 2.75 MB
  • MAPPING BIODIVERSITY PRIORITIES
    Policy documents
    Resources
    SANBI biodiversity series
    General
    SANBI,UNEP-WCMC
    Published 2016 by SANBI,UNEP-WCMC
    © SANBI,UNEP-WCMC
    application/pdf icon application/pdf 7.94 MB
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