HeiveldTourismEMG has partnered with Alterra from the Netherlands and South African NGO Indigo development & change to develop the SynBioSys Fynbos information system on sustainable management of biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Region.

SynBioSys Fynbos brings together a wide range of data on the ecology, geography and sustainable use of species and habitats within the Fynbos biome in its wider context. The entire system is data driven, open ended and large datasets can be analysed.
SynBioSys Fynbos incorporates a GIS platform for the visualisation and analysis of layers of information on different levels (species, ecosystem, landscape).

SynBioSys Fynbos has been developed to provide a wide range of stakeholders with an accessible and user friendly tool to gain insight into the rich botanical resource that is found in the Fynbos region. These stakeholders include planners, farmers, decision makers and implementers at all levels of government, consultants, researchers, students, amateur botanists, tour guides and the general public. It is designed to contribute to improved understanding and wiser decision making regarding the management of natural resources in the Cape Floristic Region, so as to conserve the incredible biodiversity of Fynbos ecosystems in South Africa.

The development of SynBioSys Fynbos is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Interested individuals can register on the SynBioSys Fynbos website at www.synbiosysfynbos.org in order to download the software at no cost.

Rural Development - Resources

Co-published (2015) by the UNCCD and Tudor Rose, Living Land includes a chapter on EMG's work with small-scale rooibos farmers in the Northern Cape.

The Sustainable Harvest of Wild Rooibos, (2007) Noel Oettle and Rhoda Malgas, EMG (2.1MB) -- ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar by EMG

Juweel van die Berge: Handleiding vir die organiese rooibosboer (2002) Oettle et.al., EMG

Amazing Grace – A mealie farmer’s story (2002), Illustrated by Carlos Amato, EMG & Biowatch, 2nd Ed.

Capitalising on local knowledge - Community knowledge exchange: A toolkit for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of community-to-community knowledge and learning exchanges (2002), Oettle & Koelle, Toolkit 1 - Methodological overview & case studies, Toolkit 2 - Guidelines for Implementation , World Bank

Everybody's cup of tea: Community Action and Rooibos tea (2001) Noel Oettle