SynBioSys Fynbos

A user-friendly information system will be developed (SynBioSys Fynbos), based on the integration of ecological, geographical and other data, aiming at sustainable conservation of the Fynbos biome, one of the world's hotspots of biodiversity.

Objectives of the project

The system will comprise several modules, additional to a core section on Fynbos vegetation and management. Specific modules deal with the sustainable harvesting and production of wild Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), in the light of its ecological and geographic position within the Fynbos ecosystems, and the landscape restoration and sustainable water management and land use in the Baviaanskloof Megareserve.

The completion of the system will be celebrated with a final congress in Cape Town in November 2012 with all stakeholders, representatives of the Dutch Government (Embassy Pretoria, EL&I), and future users of SynBioSys Fynbos. During this symposium the management of the system will be handed over to a number of organisations: Cape Nature (core system), Indigo Development & Change (Rooibos module) and LivingLands (Baviaanskloof module), whereas the vegetation database will be transferred to SANBI (South AfricanNational Biodiversity Institute).


  • Information system SynBioSys Fynbos, including a website with downloads (free of charge)
  • Meeting reports
  • Scientific papers (to be published)
  • Fieldguide Avontuur (in preparation)
  • Capacity building
  • Training and teaching material and workshops
  • Evaluation and advisory report (at the end of the project)
  • Book