During December 2011, the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden celebrated its 90th birthday. The celebratory event was held at the recently reopened Kokerboom Restaurant at the Karoo Desert NBG. This 154 hectare Garden is one of SANBI’s nine National Botanical Gardens, and is the second oldest national botanical garden at SANBI.
The Karoo Desert NBG was established to grow and conserve plants of the arid regions of southern Africa, and is thus located in SKEP’s Central Breede River Valley priority region.
World Wetlands Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands which took place on the 2nd of February 1971 at the Iranian City of Ramsar. The annual celebration aims to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands for socio-economic development.
In the past few months, the Springbok office of Conservation South Africa (CSA) has expanded, marked by the recent staff appointments of Reginald Christiaan, Amanda Bourne and Rufus Hein to CSA’s Namaqualand Green Economy Demonstration (NGED) Team.