Rooibos Biodiversity Best Practices Launched in Oct 2008

The Rooibos Council has launched a world-first biodiversity project, which involves a pilot group of Rooibos producers implementing Biodiversity Best Practice Guidelines. The industry has joined hands with conservation authorities and government stakeholders to develop these guidelines to protect the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor’s important biodiversity and ensure sustainable production of Rooibos. The Rooibos Biodiversity Initiative forms part of the Rooibos Council’s portfolio for natural resources management.

The Rooibos Biodiversity Initiative features on the website of C.A.P.E. (Cape Partnership for People and the Environment), which hosts an extensive biodiversity information library.
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Biodiversity-DonkieskraalLaunch-Photo

Attending the launch of the Rooibos Biodiversity Guidelines on 28 October 2008 were Willie Nel, SA Rooibos Council director and participant of the biodiversity pilot project, Jenifer Gouza, project co-ordinator for CapeNature’s Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor, Dawie de Villiers, SARC director: natural resources management portfolio, and Gerhard Pretorius, SARC biodiversity project manager.

Biodiversity-DonkieskraalLaunch-Photo

Rooibos and potato farmers attended the biodiversity open day at Donkieskraal farm in the Sandveld to learn about the benefits of preserving on-farm biodiversity and methods to implement best practice production.

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