Northern Cape Stewardship Forum Going From Strength to Strength

NCSF strengthThe Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) held its quarterly Northern Cape Stewardship Forum (NCSF) meeting on the 20th of May 2015 at the Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm outside Nieuwoudtville.

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Namaqualand Sand Fynbos a Forgotten Fynbos Outlier

Namaqualand Sand FynbosNamaqualand Sand Fynbos was not formally recognised as a Fynbos vegetation type until the publication of South Africa’s National Vegetation Map in 2006. Previous national vegetation mapping by Acocks and by Low and Rebelo, published in 1953 and 1996 respectively, classified this large, remote area as a form of Succulent Karoo with no mention of the striking Fynbos elements present on the Namaqualand coastal plain.

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Local Government Support Strategy Urges South Africans to Protect Biodiversity

barbara thomsonThe Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson, has recently launched the environment sector’s Local Government Support Strategy as part of the International Day for Biological Diversity celebration in uMgungundlovu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

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UNESCO Approves Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve

GCBR UNESCO BRThe United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved the designation of the Gouritz cluster and Magaliesberg ecosystems as Biosphere Reserves.

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