State funding in Africa for research and training by and for Africans is limited. It is therefore essential to supplement this by providing facilities such as the Buffelskloof Research and Education programme which offers research and training opportunities for biology and conservation students of all genders and races.
Conservation scientists and students need to experience natural ecosystems whenever possible and they need to meet and talk with others in a similar field. The Buffelskloof Herbarium offers a unique environment for scientists to meet and work on ancient African ecosystems. It also allows for students on field trips or working on research projects to have an authentic place to apply theoretical knowledge. Facilities are also offered to groups of citizen scientists such as CREW.
Educating the next generation of African conservators, particularly women, is vital and the location of Buffelskloof Herbarium in a montane reserve makes it ideal for learning and teaching institutes to conduct field work.
more… Situated in an area of outstanding biodiversity and offering a unique opportunity to study these ecosystems before they are lost or contaminated, our Research and Education facility plays a vital role supplying plant material to both local and international researchers. It supports African universities and herbaria providing accommodation and resources for advanced research theses and supplying plant specimens and expertise. The Herbarium is also used by scientists from all over the world and frequently exchanges material with leading herbaria in Europe. The curator John Burrows is the leading author of the first ever comprehensive book on the trees of Mozambique.