Realising the value of continuous monitoring programmes for biodiversity conservation
CITATION: Crous, C. J. & Roets, F. 2014. Realising the value of continuous monitoring programmes for biodiversity conservation. South African Journal of Science, 110(11-12):1-5, doi:10.1590/sajs.2014/a0083.
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There is an increased need for support for continuous biodiversity monitoring programmes in commodity production landscapes; the pressure for such supports arises from a variety of sources. We highlight our rediscovery of a presumed extinct dung beetle species, last recorded in 1975, to accentuate the value of local-scale ecological monitoring approaches for modern conservation planning practices in South Africa. We believe this perspective could help articulate further growth in support for such infrastructure.