|Date||11 Sep 2013|
The Sinai primrose, Primula boveana has been reported as one of the rarest and most endangered plant species worldwide (Richards, 2003). It is endemic to the St Katherine Protectorate (SKP) in southern Sinai, Egypt, and has high medical importance because of substances extracted from its roots. The conservation requirements for this plant are inadequate and scattered, so there is an urgent need to improve knowledge about its conservation status through a multidisciplinary approach that integrates demography and ecology. Ensuring adequate conservation is costly, and requires consideration of socio-economic issues as well. Increasing public participation towards the conservation of endangered species will only be achieve by local Bedouin involvement in the process. The grant will support the first step of this conservation process. Once we assess the suitable habitat for this species, we will tackle the next step towards getting new funds for real in situ conservation by rehabilitation. This grant will also support the design of a long-term survey model for all endemics and endangered species in SKP, and staff will improve their experience in dealing with similar issues. Activities of this study can be summarizing as fellow:
2. A detailed study of size and reproduction of P. boveana. Plant traits within and among populations will be measured, including morphological and reproductive aspects. We will germinate some collected seeds from each site in the laboratory to estimate their viability, determine the best storage method and start the process of estimating their long-term viability.
3. Identify and rank the various threats to the plant, and try to identify their underlying root causes and barriers to solutions.
4. Clearly identify conservation priorities, suitable habitats for growth and suggest appropriate strategies for P. boveana conservation by in situ and ex situ techniques. We will map and predict suitable habitat for P. boveana within SKP borders using appropriate GIS-based techniques.
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