CREW partnering with universities to promote threatened plant awareness
CREW Awareness - linking with tertiary institutes
The CREW programme recognised a need for more students entering the environmental field. Thus links have been made with tertiary institutes to raise awareness of plant conservation and educate students on the process of red listing and how the red list is used in various conservation applications.
The outreach programme includes a presentation on the factors that make species vulnerable to extinction, an introduction to the IUCN Red List categories and criteria for detecting risk of extinction, as well as how the Red list and CREW data are used to make important conservation decisions and help focus scarce conservation resources on top biodiversity priorities. We also introduce students to the kinds of jobs that are available in the conservation sector with emphasis on work related to threatened plant conservation. This section is always useful for the students as many of them do not realise the range of opportunities available in the sector and helps focus their attention on where to direct possible further study. After the lecture we organise a field trip where the students have an opportunity to see examples of threatened plants in the field and learn about CREW’s monitoring process.
CREW is collaborating with University of Zululand, Durban University of Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal PMB campus, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch University, University of Western Cape, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and University of Cape Town.