A national vegetation database for South Africa

Mucina L. ; Bredenkamp G.J. ; Hoare D.B. ; McDonald D.J. (2000)

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Knowledge of the variability, distribution and dynamics of vegetation is an indispensable prerequisite for its management as a renewable resource. This article describes the establishment and successful implementation of a national database devoted to the collation of data in the form of discrete vegetation samples and accompanying information on the environment. Using the same software and data-capture standards ensures compatibility of all sites hosting the National Vegetation Database of South Africa (coordinated in a joint effort by the Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, and the National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch) with other databases in neighbouring countries, together forming a unified network.

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