Our mission is to win the hearts, minds and material support of individuals and organisations, wherever they may be, for the conservation, cultivation, study and wise use of the indigenous flora and vegetation of South Africa.
The Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society of South African is a member-based organisation striving to be part of the solutions to biodiversity challenges in the greater Cape Metropole and beyond.
Plant diversity underpins the functioning of all ecosystems which provide the fundamental support systems upon which all life depends.
Habitat destruction from human activity is the primary threat for 83% of endangered plant species. Plant diversity is being lost at an alarming rate.
It is estimated that at least 25% of the 400,000 plant species in the world are now threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and degradation.
The deliberate or inadvertent introduction of alien species has altered many native ecosystems and resulted in the decline of many native species.
An increase in temperature of 2-3°C over the next hundred years could result in half the world’s plant species being threatened with extinction.
For each job dedicated to protecting biodiversity there are five that depend directly on using biodiversity, estimated at almost half a million jobs.