“Para-ecologists” are members of rural land user communities in southern Africa without academic background that have been employed and trained by the interdisciplinary biodiversity research project BIOTA in the field of biodiversity monitoring and knowledge exchange between land users and researchers.

This documentary has been conceived and filmed by the eight BIOTA para-ecologists during a training workshop in Nieuwoudtville / South Africa in April 2009. With this film the para-ecologists aim to introduce the para-ecologists programme to a broader audience and to present their skills and knowledge to other research projects, conservation and development agencies, NGOs etc.

A Film by
Reginald Christiaan, Martin Gruber, Richard Isaacks, Donna Kotze, Marianna Johanna Lot, Vilho Snake Mtuleni, Robert S Mukuya, Wynand Pieters, Ute Schmiedel
Jeannete Swartbooi, Sededeus Swartbooi

Running time: 20 minutes
Language: English, Afrikaans, !Nama and Rukwangali with English subtitles
© gruberfilm 2009

Produced by BIOTA Southern Africa
Biocentre Klein Flottbek, University of Hamburg / Germany

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