The Climate Action Partnership (CAP) and Conservation South Africa (CSA) hosted a knowledge exchange workshop with the CitiGroup funded SKEPPIES Building Resilience to Climate Change Projects. The workshop was held at the Kokerboom Conference Centre in Springbok from the 9th to the 10th of June 2011.
World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that aims to be the biggest and most widely-celebrated global day for environmental action, with activities taking place all year round and culminating on the 5th of June. The celebration involves over 112 countries and brings together people from all walks of life to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The 2011 theme for World Environment Day was “Forests: Nature at Your Service”.
SANBI staff members recently attended a Google Earth & Maps Workshop at the University of Cape Town, organised by the MAPA Project, which catalogues conservation efforts across Africa and uses Google Earth to display its findings. Following the workshop, an invitation has been extended to conservation organisations to use this initiative to publicise their projects.
Brunsvigias flowering is a natural spectacle that should not be missed. During the past few weeks, although not en masse at SANBI’s ninth and largest garden, the Hantam National Botanical Garden in Nieuwoudtville, the gorgeous narcissus-scented Brunsvigia bosmaniae (Maartblom) were to be seen in dazzling shades of pink and white, along with the sunny yellow Bulbine alooides and the stunning frangipani-scented Haemanthus coccineus (April fool or rooikwas).