SANBI aims to drive human capital development, education and awareness in response to SANBI’s biodiversity management mandate in order to:
- enable better environmental management practices through environmental education, awareness and capacity development processes.
- promote and facilitate biodiversity human capital development in response to the broader sector’s biodiversity management mandate.
Through Environmental Education Centres located in the National Botanical Gardens, skills development, education and awareness programmes are facilitated with schools and communities to increase knowledge about biodiversity as well as build capacity, thus contributing to increased informed decisions and actions for sustainable practices. See the Biodiversity Education Programme, Capacity Development Programme, Greening Programme and Awareness-raising Initiatives offered by your closest Centre.
Biodiversity awareness is also raised through the SANBI Interpretation Programme – which offers something to all visitors to the Gardens, from age 6 to 60 and beyond. ‘Linking people with nature’ is the SANBI Interpretation Section’s motto and showcasing SANBI’s magnificent Gardens and South Africa’s rich biodiversity is a main priority.
Biodiversity human capital development is facilitated through a number of programmes:
- GreenMatter is a network of public and private partners who drive the implementation of the Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (BHCD). GreenMatter is co-led by SANBI and the Lewis Foundation.
- The Groen Sebenza Programme is an incubator programme driven by SANBI with 43 biodiversity/environmental organisations. The programme aims to bridge the gap between education and work experience by training and mentoring 800 previously unemployed youth. The programme is funded through the Presidential Jobs Fund Programme managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
- SANBI also provides structured internships, work-integrated learning programmes and studentships to support experiential learning and training opportunities for students and young professionals as part of an on-going need to ensure that a sufficient number of professionals are trained and mentored to improve employability and to provide the Institute with the capability to align its activities with changing needs and new technologies.