The South African National Vegetation Database: History, Development, Applications, Problems and Future

Show simple item record Rutherford, Michael C. Mucina, Ladislav Powrie, Leslie W. 2019-04-10T10:02:08Z 2019-04-10T10:02:08Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Rutherford MC, Mucina L, Powrie LW. The South African National Vegetation Database: History, development, applications, problems and future. S Afr J Sci. 2012;108(1/2), Art. #629, 8 pages. http:// v108i1/2.629 en_US
dc.description.abstract Southern Africa has been recognised as one of the most interesting and important areas of the world from an ecological and evolutionary point of view. The establishment and development of the National Vegetation Database (NVD) of South Africa enabled South Africa to contribute to environmental planning and conservation management in this floristically unique region. In this paper, we aim to provide an update on the development of the NVD since it was last described, near its inception, more than a decade ago. The NVD was developed using the Turboveg software environment, and currently comprises 46 697 vegetation plots (relevés) sharing 11 690 plant taxa and containing 968 943 species occurrence records. The NVD was primarily founded to serve vegetation classification and mapping goals but soon became recognised as an important tool in conservation assessment and target setting. The NVD has directly helped produce the National Vegetation Map, National Forest Type Classification, South African National Biodiversity Assessment and Forest Type Conservation Assessment. With further development of the NVD and more consistent handling of the legacy data (old data sets), the current limitations regarding certain types of application of the data should be significantly reduced. However, the use of the current NVD in multidisciplinary research has certainly not been fully explored. With the availability of new pools of well-trained vegetation surveyors, the NVD will continue to be purpose driven and serve the needs of biological survey in pursuit of sustainable use of the vegetation and flora resources of the southern African subcontinent. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject South African National Vegetation Database en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Conservation in regions en_US
dc.subject Vegetation Database en_US
dc.title The South African National Vegetation Database: History, Development, Applications, Problems and Future en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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