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Conservation news mongabay.com 25 Nov, 2021 21:00 am

For South Africa’s dwindling renosterveld, there’s now a ‘panic button’ app

For South Africa’s dwindling renosterveld, there’s now a ‘panic button’ app
Environmental science and conservation news

The renosterveld shrubland once covered the Swartland and Overberg regions of western South Africa, but its rich soils led farmers to clear it for agriculture.A “panic button” app has been developed in South Africa to alert the authorities to threats facing the renosterveld, the country’s most endangered ecosystem.Conservationists are now fighting to preserve what remains of the renosterveld, South Africa’s most threatened ecosystem, from quiet destruction.Fragments survive, scattered across the Swartland and Overberg wheat-growing belt of South Africa’s Western Cape province.

’” Data scientists working for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) monitor six different habitat types across South Africa.“The inspiration was about taking this technology that’s being applied in forests and adapting it so that it can be used in ecosystems that are really valuable in South Africa, that we’re losing at a rapid rate,” Glenn Moncrieff, a data scientist with SAEON, told Mongabay.

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