The 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.
For 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.
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.
A succulent desert
Drosanthemum bicolor, tweekleurporseleinbos, Hoodia pilifera, Gloveria integrifolia,giant spikethorn, Disa schlechteriana and the Riverine Rabbit.
Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges.
Agriculture and ostrich ranching.