On the 27th of July 2012, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa officially awarded seven bioprospecting permits to different organizations to engage in Bioprospecting activities at an event which was held in Komaggas Community Hall. At the award ceremony, Minister Molewa also launched South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing (BABS) Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for users, providers and regulators.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI’s) Working for Wetlands Programme has again recognised excellence in wetland rehabilitation within its 40 national projects. The Best Project Award for the 2010/11 financial year went to the Kamiesberg Project, which is based in the arid mountains of Kamieskroon.
On the 17th of July 2012, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI’s) Marine Programme invited marine and coastal management stakeholders to participate in a workshop discussion session regarding the implementation of a Namaqualand Marine Protected Area (MPA).