From the 7th to the 11th of May 2012, SANBI’s Municipal Programme hosted a learning exchange with municipal and civil society biodiversity management practitioners from Namaqualand and Cape Town. The Namaqualand contingency consisted of ten individuals from various SKEP partner organizations and projects, such as Conservation South Africa (CSA) representatives, SKEPPIES project implementers, Nama Khoi Municipality officials and civil society members, who travelled all the way from the semi-arid and sparsely populated parts of Namaqualand to experience the urban sprawl and the rich biodiversity pockets located on the Cape Flats.
Two young graduates from the Limpopo Province and North West Province respectively have been lured to the magical beauty and spectacular natural gems of the Succulent Karoo to kick start their careers in SANBI’s Succulent Karoo Program, coordinated by the SKEP coordination unit.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has released the first fully comprehensive guide to the region’s naturalised and invasive succulent plants on the 15th of May 2012. Titled Naturalised and Invasive Succulents of southern Africa, this publication has been in the making for a few years,and is the product of an international collaboration between the Belgian Global Taxonomy Initiative, ABC Taxa and SANBI.
SKEP Namibia is about to embark on an ambitious conservation and management trajectory. The SKEP office in Namibia is co-ordinated by the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) and is currently busy with the great task of consolidating the management process of Succulent Karoo hotspot and the recently proclaimed Sperrgebiet National Park with the aim of moving the programme forward.