DENC Launches Namakwa Environmental Management Framework (EMF) Report

northern cape eco school awardsThe much anticipated event took place in the beautiful town of Concordia on the 23 November 2011, as MEC Sylvia Lucas of the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) officially launched the Namakwa Environmental Management Framework (EMF) Report and the Nama Khoi Waste Recycling Project.

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SANBI Pivotal in creating Future Green Jobs

SANBI is about to embark on an exciting opportunity to strengthen it’s legally mandated role in building capacity and addressing the issues of scarce skills and transformation in the biodiversity conservation sector. Due to SANBI’s successful application to the Government Jobs Fund during July 2011, SANBI will now manage the process of placing a maximum of 800 unemployed matriculants and graduates in biodiversity ‘placements’ for a  period of two and a half years. 
The submitted proposal entailed building human capacity, empowering young graduates and matriculants with biodiversity skills and expertise as a means to ensure their future employability. Project allocation of the Fund was based on an open, competitive process with the aim of operating as a catalyst for innovation and investment in activities which contribute to long-term employment creation. 
The overall value of the project is R300 million which will be disbursed during a three year period under SANBI’s management.  
SANBI will also assist in ensuring that the successful candidates are mentored, that they receive the requisite skills and gain experience to find permanent jobs in the biodiversity sector with confidence and competence. Preference will be given to candidates from rural communities.
Twenty-one partners from the public sector and from various NGOs have already committed to ‘hosting’ a number of these matriculants and graduates within their institutions and organizations. SANBI is anticipating that more public and private sector entities will express interest in participating in this exciting process. An initiation team has been formed to further refine the project. Subsequent to the initiation stage, SANBI will begin with recruitment and placement of the successful applicants. 
“I would like to congratulate the team from SANBI and the Human Capital Development Programme” says SANBI CEO Dr Tanya Abrahamse. “I look forward to working with the team who will be taking this extremely exciting project forward”.  
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines the green economy as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” With this injection into the sector, SANBI and participating partners from the public and private sector are well placed to create meaningful green jobs, stimulate the green economy and able to demonstrate that the wealth of the economy is built on biodiversity.  
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SKEP e-news and Website Presence Restored

skep colour logoFor the latter half of 2011, the monthly SKEP electronic newsletter was not in circulation as we embarked on a process to improve the functionality, look and feel of the SKEP website. The SKEP coordination unit would like to convey a heartfelt apology to all biome wide SKEP stakeholders who have not been able to send us their news, events, valuable learning resources and materials which the SKEP website avails itself to as a portal to the partnership. The new and improved website allows improved functionality, better alignment with SKEP’s objectives, creative and innovative opportunities for the partnership and the SKEP coordination unit to engage.

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9. Central Little Karoo

The Central Little Karoo lies in the valley between the Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges in the south of the Succulent Karoo Hotspot.

Extensive plains, arid foothills and rugged rocky ridges include a wide range of microhabitats with extreme seasonal and diurnal temperature fluctuations (up to 28°C difference between day and night).

There are 1,325 species in this 51,000-hectare area, including 182 Succulent Karoo endemics and 92 Red List species. Although unique and rare species are found throughout the Central Little Karoo landscape, many of the endemics are concentrated along veins of weathered quartz, where patches of white pebbles provide camouflage and moderate the temperature for "stone plants."

Much of the vegetation in the important river corridors has already been transformed for agriculture - principally lucerne, but also vines and deciduous fruit. Ostrich ranching is however the greatest pressure on biodiversity in this priority area due to Ostriches' ability to survive on even the driest veld.

 Key facts

A succulent desert

Flagship species

Drosanthemum bicolor, tweekleurporseleinbos, Hoodia pilifera, Gloveria integrifolia,giant spikethorn, Disa schlechteriana and the Riverine Rabbit. 

Famous places

Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges.

Pressures

Agriculture and ostrich ranching.

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