Botanical Society of South Africa. You cannot become a member of the National Botanical Institute, but you can join our "friends" organization. Founded at the same time as Kirstenbosch in 1913, membership of the Botanical Society organization entitles you to free entry to NBI Gardens, a seed allocation, discounts on the purchase of publications and a free copy of Veld & Flora. a quarterly colour publication devoted to South African plants.
Protea Atlas Project. This is one of the research projects running at the NBI. It has its own website which provides extensive data on Proteaceae in southern Africa.
SABONET ( Southern African Botanical Diversity Network). Launched in 1996, this project running under the auspices of the NBI, aimed at upgrading the level of botanical expertise in Southern Africa. The programme has now ended and the website is currently being revised and should be launched in its final version in April 2005.
Urban Conservation A unit of NBI based on projects and partnership that look at biodiversity conservation from a community development perspective. Its project portfolio includes poverty alleviation work via Working for Wetlands, horticultural skills transfer via the Overberg Useful Plants Project, and its flagship project Cape Flats Nature (Biodiversity for the People). See the units website at www.capeflatsnature.org
C.A.P.E. (Cape Action for People and the Environment.) Its objective is to secure the conservation of the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and through this to deliver sustainable economic benefits to the people and the region. It relies on partners such as the NBI to attain this objective. Three of the NBI's eight botanical gardens, and one of its three research centres are situated within the Cape Flortistic Region. All contribute significantly to the suite of activities that underpin C.A.P.E.In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the consenting parties for C.A.P.E., the National Botanical Institute is the Project Management Agency for C.A.P.E. The CAPE Co-ordinating Unit housed at Kirstenbosch, and together with other biodiversity conservation groups, it constitutes a dynamic environment for research, planning and action directed at sustaining the Cape Floristic Kingdom for future generations.