Africa Land-Use Training offers a course on Grassland (veld) assessment. The course can be presented to groups at one of our venues or at a venue of your choice in your region. Please contact us to arrange a course for your group or for more information. Groups between 10 and 30 are accepted.
AIM OF THE COURSE
The course aims to train the learner on assessing land for forage potential, botanical diversity and landscape functioning. The learner is also trained on how to break up a property in various vegetation units and how to select assessment sites. The learner is also trained on how to compile an assessment report.
The duration of the course is one week. The first two days is spent on theoretical training while the last three days is used for practical training and demonstrations.
No unit standard is currently available for this training programme. Learners will however be assessed on criteria set by Africa Land-Use Training. The assessment includes the completion of a workbook and handing in forms completed during practical training. Africa Land-Use Training certificates are awarded to those who successfully complete the training.
The training programme includes the following four modules;
Module 1 – Compiling a property map. This module focuses on compiling a property map showing the various homogeneous vegetation units on the property. It includes doing a desktop study as well as a field study. This map is then used to select assessment and monitoring sites.
Module 2 – Veld assessment methodology. This module includes the theory on all the methods used to collect field data and for assessing land for forage potential, botanical diversity and landscape functioning.
Module 3 – Report writing. This module includes basic guidelines for writing a good assessment report in terms of structure, scientific report requirements and grammar.
Module 4 – Practical training. This part (3 days) includes the practical part of the training. During this part learners will do actual assessments under supervision. It includes compiling a vegetation unit map, doing forage potential and diversity assessments, which also includes basic training on plant identification.
Please contact us should you need any further information or if you want to arrange training for a group of people.