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Cycad Friends

Discussion in 'Cycad Conservation Projects' started by Craig, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. Craig

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    Cycadfriends is a registered public-benefit, non-profit organization established for the following sole objective: To provide a platform for members of the public and specialized agencies to collectively raise awareness in terms of the conservation of cycads, primarily underlining the importance of ensuring that there is a constant, legal supply of artificially propagated cycads to supply the commercial demand, so that people do not have to resort to illegal means such as the poaching of threatened, protected, endangered and critically endangered wild specimen of cycads to sell to collectors and/or hobbyists.

    In short, we promote conservation through artificial propagation of legally acquired/grown specimen and by actively discouraging the illegal trade of cycads. It is our part of the agreement with government when we commit to the hobby of collecting cycads. When we grow cycads in our gardens and sell the offspring to fellow collectors, it ensures that there is always stock available on the commercial cycad market, so that collectors do not have to move to inhumane acts such as degrading the quality and sustainability of nature for their own financial gain. We encourage commercial trade of legal specimen and will constantly call for the relaxation of legislation governing legal trade of less threatened species so that they can become as common as a nice green lawn in gardens across the world.

    Find out more about CycadFriends here: http://cycadfriends.co.za/
     

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