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.
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.