research ethics
  • Do you need collecting permits? From who?
  • Will you be working on private or communal land? How will you get the permission and support from those whose land you want to work on?
  • Will you be interviewing people or using their knowledge? (Prior informed consent and ethics approval required)
  • Threatened or rare species? (permits needed to collect, possess, move, export, receive, donate)
  • What is the projected impact of sampling on biodiversity/the environment? Can you minimize the negative impacts?
  • What will you do with all the material you collect? (deposit in a herbarium or museum?)
  • What will you do with your data when you have finished the study?

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