A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a 24 hour time period.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed Trans Hex reported on the 8th of August 2012 that the transaction price for the acquisition of De Beers Consolidated Mines South Africa’s (DBCM’s) Namaqualand Mines has been lowered to R166-million to provide for an environmental rehabilitation liability.
On the 27th of July 2012, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa officially awarded seven bioprospecting permits to different organizations to engage in Bioprospecting activities at an event which was held in Komaggas Community Hall. At the award ceremony, Minister Molewa also launched South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing (BABS) Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for users, providers and regulators.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI’s) Working for Wetlands Programme has again recognised excellence in wetland rehabilitation within its 40 national projects. The Best Project Award for the 2010/11 financial year went to the Kamiesberg Project, which is based in the arid mountains of Kamieskroon.