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Ecosystem Guidelines for Environmental Assessment


Publication design that is relevant and easy to navigate

Page layout is a meticulous balance of information, photographs and diagrams to create visual harmony.

Photographs were selected from a vast archive of images supplied by the Fynbos Forum network and included at key points to achieve a pleasing layout, as well as to emphasise key ecological drivers. Colourful diagrams were created by our graphic designers to illustrate step-by-step processes and components for environmental assessment practitioners to use as tools in land-use planning and management. Three-dimensional vegetation and landscape profiles were drawn by our in-house digital artists.

Ecologically, habitats are not isolated from each other and they need to be managed in an integrated way. Ecosystems belonging to the Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo and Albany Thicket Biomes, as well as patches of Afrotemperate Forest and Southern Coastal Forest, form a mosaic along the western, northern and eastern boundaries of the Fynbos Biome. These ecosystems, as well as the diverse vegetative types of the Fynbos Biome, are covered in-depth in the Ecosystem section of the Guidelines. Colour tabs and biogeographic locator maps distinguish the numerous ecosystems and enable easy navigation throughout the publication.

The full version of Ecosystem Guidelines for Environmental Assessment in the Western Cape can be viewed on SANBI’s Biodiversity Advisor online resources.

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