SynBioSys was developed by Alterra experts – a Wageningen University affiliated research institute based in The Netherlands – to provide a wide range of stakeholders with an accessible, free, and user-friendly computer software for gaining insight into the resources that are found in a specific region. After developing a South African SynBioSys module for the Rooibos region, the team partnered with Living Lands to develop a module for the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve planning domain and beyond. Living Lands has been adapting the software to meet the area’s priorities, focusing on gaining information on the various initiatives active in restoring and conserving nature. Factual and spatial information was integrated into a set of tools, such as a Geographic Information System (GIS), that allowed the user to gain deeper insights into the complex interactions between different components of the area and to plan land management and conservation strategies on the basis of up-to-date, state-of-the-art data. The project is funded by Alterra – The Netherlands.