Norman Brauteseth

Abstract: Constitutional challenges regarding the protection of biodiversity at local government level:  An overview of the eThekwini Municipality’s “D’MOSS” town planning scheme amendments Norman L Brauteseth, Robert M Cheves Norman Brauteseth & Associates, P.O. Box 1345, Westville, 3630 Section 24 Continue reading →

Ed Couzens

Abstract: Recent developments in Whaling Ed Couzens Whales are one of the most important symbol species in conservation and approaches to their management have important precedent value. However, for many people, even those involved in environmental issues, whaling is today Continue reading →

Stephen De La Harpe

Abstract: Good and Co-operative Governance in World Heritage Sites Stephen de la Harpe, Louis Kotze North West University,  Hofman Street, Potchefstroom 2520 The search for an ideal governance system is as old as the idea of government itself.  The UN, Continue reading →

Melissa Lewis

Abstract: Towards Improving Implementation of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement in Southern Africa Melissa Lewis¹, Andrew Blackmore² ¹School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, King George V Ave, Durban 4001 ²Scientific Services, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202 The African-Eurasian Continue reading →

Mapula Tshangela

Abstract: Environment Sector Research, Development and Evidence Framework: An approach to enhance science-policy interface and evidence-based policy making This presentation addresses the need for a common framework for the collection of solid evidence that can be used in support of Continue reading →

Bheka Nxele

Abstract: Working on Fire Programme – eThekwini Municipality Bheka J Nxele1, Errol Douwes1, Debra Roberts1, Rael Hughes2 1 Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, 4001. 2 Working on Fire, New Germany Nature Reserve, Continue reading →

Kathryn Terblanche

Abstract: Working for Ecosystems Programme – eThekwini Municipality Errol Douwes, Kathryn E Terblanche1, Debra Roberts 1Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, 4001 The City of Durban aims to be the most liveable City Continue reading →

Lyle Ground

Abstract: Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct: An innovative use of a Special Rating Area for environmental conservation management Lyle E Ground The Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct project is a collaboration between private landowners and the eThekwini Municipality to manage a common Continue reading →

Brent Coverdale

Abstract: Conservation Partnerships – Critical for Biodiversity, but do they work? Brent M Coverdale A partnership is defined as the state of being between persons or bodies with a joint interest or association and thus is the ideal avenue in Continue reading →

Rainer Krug

Abstract: Scenario modeling: Predicting resource requirements and optomising the use of available resources for management of invasive alien species Rainer M Krug1, Ian Rushworth2 1ESE, University Paris Sud XI, Orsay, France. 2Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202, South Continue reading →

Ntombifuthi Mthimkhulu

Abstract: Progress with clearing six invasive plant species in KwaZulu-Natal Ntombifuthi Mthimkhulu, Ingrid Nanni Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR), SANBI’s Invasive Species Programme A Working for Water funded programme was set up within SANBI to investigate invasive alien plants Continue reading →

Nontembeko Dube

Abstract: The biology, host specificity and impact of Dichrorampha odorata (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a potential biological control agent of Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae) N Dube1, C Zachariades1,3 , M Whitwell2 1Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute, Private Bag X6006, Hilton, 3245, Continue reading →

Augustine Niba

Abstract: Impact of invasive and indigenous vegetation cover on epigaeic invertebrate assemblages in Luchaba Nature Reserve (LNN), King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa SP Mafereka , AS Niba Department of Biological Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Private Bag Continue reading →

Jabulile Sithole

Abstract: Hydrilla verticillata invasion at Pongolapoort Dam: is it a crisis? Jabulile Sithole¹, Rene Glen², and Ryan Brudvig³ ¹Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme (EDRR),  South African National Biodiversity Institute, P.O Box 52099, Berea Road, 4007, Durban, South Africa. ²School Continue reading →

Mahlodi Tau

Abstract: Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in production landscapes: Achievements and lessons learnt from the Grasslands Programme Aimee C Ginsburg1, Mahlodi S Tau1 & Anthea C Stephens1 1South African National Biodiversity Institute, Grasslands Programme Private Bag X 101, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa Continue reading →

Sakhile Nsukwini

Abstract: An Evaluation of Community-Based Tourism on Rural Development: A Case Study of the Nompondo Community and the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) Sakhile B Nsukwini Tourism is widely seen as an industry with the latent to provide rural communities with Continue reading →

Steven McKean

Abstract: Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): Feasibility and Implementation in the upper uThukela Area Steven McKean¹ , Myles Mander² ¹Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, P O Box 13053, Cascades, 3202, Pietermaritzburg. ²Eco-Futures, 48 Old Main Road, Kloof, Durban Water is predicted to Continue reading →

Kevan Zunckel

Abstract: The Contribution of Natural Capital to the Economy of KZN Kevan Zunckel¹, Roger Davis², Steven McKean³, Debbie Jewitt³, Joe Phadima³,  Tindall Kruger² ¹Zunckel Ecological and Environmental Services (ZEES), 7 Annthia Road, Hilton ²Isikhungusethu Environmental Services (Isik), 2 Poole Ave, Continue reading →

James Emuria

Abstract: The role of mangroves on securing critical biodiversity areas along the Kenyan coast Mangroves and associated ecosystems are important resources and vital to the socio-econimic developments of the coastal regions.  They supply forestry products, fishery breeding grounds and sites Continue reading →

Thembeka Nxele

Abstract: Earthworm biodiversity, their function and their contribution to ecosystem services in South Africa Thembeka C Nxele Ecosystems provide a large number of benefits to humans. In South Africa, indigenous earthworms are somewhat restricted to natural habitats with less destruction Continue reading →

Philile Mbatha

Abstract: Enhancing benefits to small-scale fishers along the east coast of South Africa Maria Hauck, Philile Mbatha1, Serge Raemaekers 1Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701 Marine and coastal resources play a significant role in supporting Continue reading →

Enrico Di Minin

Abstract: Conservation businesses and conservation planning Enrico Di Minin1*, Douglas C MacMillan2, Peter S Goodman3, Boyd Escott3, Rob Slotow4, Atte Moilanen1 ¹Finnish Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Biology, Department of Biosciences, P.O. Box 65, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; ²Durrell Continue reading →

Michael Eustace

Abstract: Opportunities for generating income and extending the wildlife estate Michael Eustace 1) Selling private non-commercial leases on the parks estate to generate income. Private buyers would pay, say, R3 million to secure an half hectare site on which to Continue reading →

Kyle Harris

Abstract: The value of the ecosystem services of the Zaalklap wetland in the Mpumalanga Highveld Kyle R Harris¹ , Mathieu Rouget ¹University of Pretoria , Department of Plant Sciences, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, 0028 Globally, there is an increasing realisation Continue reading →

Samukelisiwe Mnguni

Abstract: Integrating community sustainability with conservation goals, a case study in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa L Phadima¹, P Xulu¹, S Mnguni¹,  P Cryer² ¹Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Scientific Services Division, Socio-Ecological Science, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202 ²African Conservation Trust KwaZulu-Natal Continue reading →

Yolan Friedman

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The global threat of wildlife crime Presentation Topic The global threat of wildlife crime   Contact Ms Friedmann: Endangered Wildlife Trust, Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645, South Africa   Email Ms Friedmann Continue reading →

Ali Kaka

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:   Presentation Topic Contemporary conservation – challenges and issues for Africa and beyond   Contact Mr Kaka: Kenya   Email Mr Kaka Continue reading →

Lehlohonolo Phadima

Abstract: Assessment of ecosystem goods and Services and the value of biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal Lehlohonolo Phadima¹, Steve McKean¹, Debbie Jewitt¹, Myles Mander², Jean Harris¹ ¹Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Scientific Services Division, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202 ²Eco-Futures Natural areas, including protected Continue reading →

Mahlodi Tau

Abstract: Making the case for the biodiversity in South Africa: harnessing the value of the grassland biome Mahlodi S Tau1, Anthea C Stephens1, Aimee E Ginsburg1 1South African National Biodiversity Institute, Grasslands Programme, Private Bag X 101, Pretoria, 0001, South Continue reading →

Myles Mander

Presentation Topic Understanding and communicating the role of Protected Areas : How ecosystem services can be employed   Contact Mr Mander: South Africa   Email Mr Mander Continue reading →

Richard Emslie

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: An overview of the status, management and challenges facing African rhino in the wild Richard H Emslie  While numbers of white and black rhinos continue to increase in the wild, these species face their biggest challenges since the Continue reading →

Jo Shaw

Abstract: Illegal trade in rhino horn: new markets, new uses, new challenges Jo Shaw New demand from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is believed to be driving the current illegal trade in rhino horn. As a new generation economic Continue reading →

Tony Conway

Abstract: Securing Rhino in Protected Areas and on Private Land in South Africa – Status, Evaluation and Solutions Tony AJ Conway This paper presents an overview of the trends and statistics of illegally killed rhino in South Africa and neighbouring Continue reading →

Roger Porter

Abstract: Illegal trade versus legal trade in rhino horn Roger N Porter The economics of the current illegal trade and market is described. A strategy and proposal where by the illegal market may be replaced by a legal trade and Continue reading →

Andrew Blackmore

Abstract: So you want to sell rhino horn? Andrew Blackmore¹, Melissa Lewis² 1Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, P O Box 13053, Cascades, 3202 ²School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, King George V Ave, Durban 4001 As South Africa prepares a motion to Continue reading →

Michèle Pfab

Abstract: Alternative management strategies to address rhino poaching in South Africa Sam M Ferreira1, Michèle F Pfab2, Mike Knight3 1Scientific Services, South African National Parks, Kruger National Park, Skukuza; 2Scientific Authority Co-ordinator, Applied Biodiversity Research, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Continue reading →

Karen Trendler

Abstract: Rhino poaching Calves and Casualties. Do they count? Karen Trendler The Rhino Poaching crisis is producing ‘casualties’ in addition to the rhino being killed. The acknowledged casualties include orphaned and frequently injured calves, defaced rhino, rhino shot but surviving Continue reading →

Peter Goodman

Abstract: Conservation Planning, Biodiversity Status Assessment, State of Biodiversity Reporting, Monitoring and Adaptive Management: How are they related? Peter S Goodman Wildlife Conservation Solutions Conservation planning, monitoring, biodiversity status assessment, state of biodiversity assessment and reporting, management effectiveness assessment and Continue reading →

Oscar Mthimkhulu

Abstract: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site  – Buffer Zone Delineation, Process and Implementation Oscar Mthimkhulu In 2006, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (UDP WHS) embarked on buffer delineation process. The purpose of the Buffer Zone was to i) Continue reading →

Willeen Olivier

Abstract: The Why and How of Offsets Willeen (W) Olivier Offsets are not very widely used in the EIA process, and conservation organizations are not structured to use the tool very effectively yet.  It can however be a very valuable Continue reading →

Hlengiwe Mbatha

Abstract: Beyond binary approaches to multi-functional landscapes in conservation planning: a case study for the Enkangala grasslands, South Africa Hlengiwe P Mbatha1,  Jeanne Nel1, Belinda Reyers1 and William Bond2 1Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, 20 Jan Celliers street, Stellenbosch, Continue reading →

Natasha Govender

Abstract: From Planning to Action: Implementation of eThekwini Municipality’s Fine-Scale Systematic Conservation Plan Natasha Govender, Richard Boon, Gerald Clarke, Debra Roberts Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality Room 226, 2nd Floor, City Engineers Building, 166 K.E. Masinga Road Continue reading →

Jean Harris

Abstract: Marine conservation planning in South Africa: is achieving implementation a question of scale? Lombard AT1, Harris JM2, Livingstone T2, Sink K3, Lagabrielle E4 1Nelson Mandel Metropolitan University (gemsbok@mweb.co.za) 2Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife 3South African Biodiversity Institite 4University of La Réunion Continue reading →

Wendy Annecke

Abstract: From footprints in the sand to a carbon footprint – whose history is valued in our protected areas and can we develop a shared notion of ‘our cultural heritage’? Wendy J Annecke This paper examines some of the contradictions Continue reading →

Hendri Coetzee

Abstract: A grounded theory explaining Southern Ground-Hornbill’s use in traditional practices Hendri Coetzee, Leon van Rensburg Unit for Environmental Sciences & Management, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa This qualitative study investigated the dynamics of Continue reading →

Samson Phakathi

Abstract: The poaching gamble : “Hunting with dogs” threatens the existence of Oribi in South Africa Samson SB Phakathi The oribi (Ourebia ourebi) is a small antelope listed as endangered in the South African Red Data Book. One of the Continue reading →

Freya St John

Abstract: Identifying indicators of illegal behaviour: carnivore killing in human-managed landscapes Freya AV St John, Aidan M. Keane, Gareth Edwards-Jones, Lauren Jones, Richard W. Yarnell, Julia PG Jones Organisation of presenting author: DICE, University of Kent, Marlowe Building, Canterbury, Kent, Continue reading →

Zamo Hlela

Abstract: Redefining community participation as learning from a community perspective Zamo Hlela The presentation is part of a critical case study of community learning in the Magwaha ward which is part of the Mathenjwa traditional authority located in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal Continue reading →

Errol Douwes

Abstract: Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Programme – eThekwini  Municipality Errol Douwes1, Nicci Diederichs2, Debra Roberts1 1 Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, 4001. 2 Futureworks! PO Box 2221, Everton, 3625, Durban, South Continue reading →

Jeanne Tarrant

Abstract: Using predictive modelling to guide the conservation of a Critically Endangered KwaZulu-Natal endemic Jeanne Tarrant 1, Adrian J Armstrong 2 1African Amphibian Conservation Research Group, School of Environmental Sciences and Development, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, Continue reading →

Chuma Chinzila

Abstract: An assessment of Best Practices in ecosystem management outside protected areas: a case study of the Giba Gorge Special Rating Area Chuma Chinzila Ecosystems are important as they provide services, which include provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting services that Continue reading →

Jessica Da Silva

Abstract Phenotypic divergence and recent radiation in dwarf chameleons: Adaptation to habitat or widespread speciation? Jessica M da Silva1,2, Krystal A Tolley1 1Applied Biodiversity Research Division, Kirstenbosch Research Centre, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont 7735, Cape Continue reading →

Xander Combrink

Abstract: Resilience of a depressed Nile Crocodile population at Lake Sibaya Xander Combrink1, S Kyle1 , RH Taylor2 1 Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife 2 School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal Formerly widespread throughout the waterbodies of eastern South Africa, Continue reading →

Athol Marchant

Abstract: The status of Blue Swallow in KwaZulu-Natal from 2000/01 to 2011/12 Athol Marchant¹, Wendy Arnott² ¹Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife; PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202 ²Blue Swallow monitor; PO Box 328, Underberg 3257 Blue Swallows are listed globally as Vulnerable by Continue reading →

Mike Perrin

Abstract: The rare and endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) needs priority status with respect to its taxonomy and conservation biology. Mike R Perrin¹, Michael Cunningham² ¹Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation, University of KwaZulu-Natal ²Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria. Continue reading →

Catherine Henderson

Abstract: Estimating population size in Southern Bald Ibis, Geronticus calvus Catherine L Henderson1,2, Michael J Cunningham3, Res Altwegg4 and Les G Underhill2 1BirdLife South Africa, P.O. Box 515, Randburg; 2Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town 3Department of Genetics, University Continue reading →

Ian Rushworth

Abstract: Wind-farms threaten Southern Africa’s cliff nesting vultures Ian Rushworth, Sonja Krüger Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, P.O. Box 13053, Cascades, 3202, South Africa The Lesotho and South African governments have signed an agreement for the development of wind-farms in the highlands Continue reading →

Jessica Wienand

Abstract: Monitoring woody vegetation changes in Majete Wildlife Reserve (Malawi) and around water points after African elephant re-introductions and artificial waterhole development Jess Wienand With increasing human populations in southern Africa, the challenges to protecting wildlife in national parks and Continue reading →

Tarik Bodasing

Abstract: Fenced off! Habitat preference by elephant herds in a small protected area – a cause for concern? Tarik Bodasing1, Bruce Page, Abi Vanak, Kevin Duffy 1Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Mkuze Game Reserve In order to effectively manage large mammals in Continue reading →

Chris Barichievy

abstract: Is it time to cull? – a case study from northern KZN Chris Barichievy1,  Peter Ruinard2 1 Zululand District Ecologist-Ezemvelo Kwazulu Natal Wildlife. 2 Conservation Manager, Ithala Game Reserve, Ezemvelo Kwazulu Natal Wildlife. The debate over the possibility of Continue reading →

Peter Goodman

Abstract: Preliminary analysis of black rhino population performance during a managed population recovery and expansion programme Peter S Goodman, Anthony J Conway, Jacques Flamand Wildlife Conservation Solutions KZN’s black rhino populations have been managed to achieve strategic recovery objectives for Continue reading →

Adrian Shrader

  Abstract: Dry season rainfall and food determine white rhino calf survival in the Ithala Game Reserve, South Africa Olivier Bonnet, Adrian M Shrader University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Scottsville, 3209 Since 1999, 51 white rhino calves have been born in Continue reading →

Brendan Whittington-Jones

Abstract: Habitat selection by dispersing African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: implications for metapopulation range expansion Brendan Whittington-Jones1, Dan Parker2 , Harriet Davies-Mostert1 1Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa 2Wildlife & Reserve Management Research Group Department of Continue reading →

Bruce Page

Abstract: Elephants in systems: Additive and substitutive effects of browser guild members on woody vegetation. Christopher A J O’Kane¹²³, Kevin J Duffy², Bruce R Page², David W Macdonald¹ ¹Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, The Recanati-Kaplan Continue reading →

Susan Janse Van Rensburg

Abstract: The Cathedral Peak Research Catchments: A Platform for Global Change Research and Monitoring through Partnerships Alistair Clulow1, Colin Everson1, Terry Everson1 ,Mark J.C. Horan1, Graham P.W. Jewitt1, Michele L. Warburton1, Susan Janse van Rensberg2, Timothy O’Connor2, Nicky Allsopp2, Tony Continue reading →

Gavin Hough

Abstract: Vision systems for monitoring critical biodiversity areas Gavin Hough Ecosystems are intrinsically active. When observing them at the right resolution and time scale there are baseline activity levels and cycles which resolve remarkable structure which is normally goes unnoticed. Continue reading →

Lucky Maako

Abstract: The Advances of ICTs as monitoring and surveillance techniques in a biodiversity area of South Africa: case study Lucky L Maako, Mpaphi M.Molebatsi, Mmamolefe R Kgasi Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, Pretoria 0001 This is a case Continue reading →

Megan Diamond

Abstract: Stringing South Africa’s Terrestrial Birds Along – Monitoring of Bird Interactions with Power Lines and the Experimental Testing of Bird Collision Mitigation at the Karoo Long Term Monitoring Site Jon J Smallie, Andrew R Jenkins, Jessica M Shaw, Megan Continue reading →

Robert J Karssing

Abstract: Surveillance surveys conducted towards the development of a Species Monitoring Programme for the threatened Southern Barred Minnow Opsaridium peringueyi in the Phongolo River Robert J Karssing Twenty four freshwater fish species in South Africa (ca. 11 %) are currently Continue reading →

Bruce Page

Abstract: A critique of the National Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa, with emphasis on the determination of stocking densities to achieve particular goals. Bruce R Page School of Life Sciences, Westville Campus, University of Continue reading →

Mark Botha

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Securing Biodiversity – Incentives, coercion and obstacles Mark A Botha  Formal Stewardship programmes have been operating for over a decade in South Africa but uptake has been relatively low. Against this backdrop, compliance and enforcement of regulations aimed Continue reading →

Ian Little

Abstract: Lost focus? The need to re-align conservation priorities in favour of endemics Ian T Little The conservation of threatened species has been focussed on charismatic species for long enough. This is not to say that the efforts to conserve Continue reading →

Robert Smith

Abstract: Learning from nature and learning from people: using a diversity of approaches to identify priority areas for conservation. Robert J Smith¹, Bruno A. Nhancale, Peter S. Goodman ¹DICE, University of Kent, Marlowe Building, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR, UK Current Continue reading →

Greg Martindale

Abstract: The contribution of Biodiversity Stewardship in achieving protected area and biodiversity targets in KZN Greg Martindale The National Protected Area Expansion Strategy requires that 842,000 hectares be added to the protected area system in KwaZulu-Natal by 2028.  This is Continue reading →

Jonathan Deal

Abstract: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fracking – will the shale mining licenses hold up? Jonathan Deal Treasure Karoo Action Group No abstract available Presentation Topic KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fracking – will the shale mining licenses hold up? Contact Jonathan Deal: Email Jonathan Deal Continue reading →

Willeen Olivier

Abstract: The South African National Biodiversity Stewardship programme – progress and challenges Willeen Olivier The Biodiversity Stewardship Programme is a relatively new programme that has, where it has been implemented, delivered results beyond expectation.  It provides security for the implementation Continue reading →

Bridgitte Church

Abstract:   Towards an understanding of plant rarity in KwaZulu-Natal   Brigitte Church, PS Goodman, E Witkowski Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife   The conservation of rare plants is an important dimension in the preservation of biodiversity and consequently an improved understanding Continue reading →

Suvarna Parbhoo

Abstract: The CREW Programme: volunteer amateur botanists making significant contributions to the taxonomy and conservation of threatened plants Suvarna Parbhoo The CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) programme has been operating since 2003 and since 2007 in KZN.  We Continue reading →

Robyn Khoury

Abstract:   Potential access to females is the key factor that influences where and how big of an area subordinate male white rhinos call home   Robyn E Khoury, Adrian M Shrader   School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Continue reading →

Angus Burns

Abstract: WWF-SA’s Grassland Programme gains within the Enkangala Grassland Project domain Angus Burns The high altitude grasslands of the Enkangala Grassland Project domain have been the focus of WWF-SA’s Grasslands Programme work over the years.  This area has benefitted from Continue reading →

Azisa Parker

Abstract: MPAH leaning Network Strategy Azisa Parker SANBI No abstract available   Presentation Topic MPAH leaning Network Strategy Contact Azisa Parker:   Email Azisa Parker Continue reading →

Dave Thompson

Abstract: Developing an alien plant identification platform: A case study from the Kruger National Park. Rob W. Taylor1, Thembi Marshall1, Dave I. Thompson1,2, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft3,4 & Thomas le Bourgeois5 1South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), Ndlovu Node, Phalaborwa, RSA Continue reading →

Matthew Norval

Abstract: Improving Management Effectiveness across the Hotspot Matthew Norval Wilderness Foundation No abstract available   Presentation Topic Improving Management Effectiveness across the Hotspot    Contact Matthew Norval:   Email Matthew Norval Continue reading →

Karen Zunckel

Abstract: Africa’s Finest – The most responsible, sustainable safari destinations in Africa Karen L Zunckel ,  Kevan Zunckel Zunckel Ecological and Environmental Services, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal The concept of sustainability is beginning to take root in increasing measure in many sectors Continue reading →

Brent Corcoran

Abstract:   Resilient landscapes: an approach for ensuring conservation outcomes at scale   Brent Corcoran WWF No abstract available   Presentation Topic   Resilient landscapes: an approach for ensuring conservation outcomes at scale   Contact Brent Corcoran:   Email Brent Continue reading →

Menzi Nxumalo

Abstract: Assessing the risk of Hydrocleys nymphoides invasions Menzi M Nxumalo,  Jabulile Sithole Early Detection and Rapid Response programme (EDRR – funded by Working for Water) South African National Biodiversity Institute, P.O Box 52099, Berea Road, 4007, Durban, South Africa Continue reading →

Andrew Venter

Abstract: Presentation and discussions: Building relevant conservation organizations in the face of the current environmental challenges Andrew Venter Wildlands Conservation Trust No abstract available   Presentation Topic Presentation and discussions: Building relevant conservation organizations in the face of the current Continue reading →

Bob Connolly

Abstract: Open-ended firebreaks and aerial ignition for large burning programs (Development of Open Ended Fire Breaks in the Kruger National Park, South Africa) Bob Connolly5, Chris de Bruno Austin1, Winston SW Trollope2, Lynne A Trollope2, Bandit Steyn3, Freek Venter4, Nick Zambatis4, Continue reading →

Janet Snow

Abstract: Environmental Education in the Midlands Janet Snow Environment Learing and Teaching No abstract available   Presentation Topic Environmental Education in the Midlands   Contact Janet Snow:   Email Janet Snow Continue reading →

Rob Scott-Shaw

Abstract: What is the natural composition of our east coast hinterland grasslands and do they benefit from grazing? Rob Scott-Shaw The discovery of grasslands inaccessible to bulk grazers and areas protected from them for over 80 years and both burnt Continue reading →

Paul Cryer

Abstract: Moving to sustainable community conservation Paul Cryer African Conservation Trust No abstract available   Presentation Topic Moving to sustainable community conservation   Contact Paul Cryer:   Email Paul Cryer Continue reading →

Hylton Adie

Abstract: Managing mistbelt forests in a landscape of poverty Hylton Adie1*, Ian Rushworth2 1 School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, P/Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, South Africa 2 Ecological Advice Division, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202, South Continue reading →

Morgan Griffiths

Abstract: Urban Stewardship : the case of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Morgan Griffiths WESSA No abstract available   Presentation Topic Urban Stewardship : the case of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro   Contact Morgan Griffiths:   Email Morgan Griffiths Continue reading →

Linda Luvuno

Abstract: Long term landscape changes in vegetation structure: A focus on fire as a wetland management tool Linda B Luvuno1, Damian Walters2, Donovan Kotze2, Craig Morris3, Kevin Kirkman1, Elhadi Adam1 1Grassland Science, School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of Continue reading →

Steve Boyes

Abstract: Cape Parrot Conservation Efforts : Hoggs Back Steve Boyes Percy FitzPatrick Institute No abstract available   Presentation Topic Cape Parrot Conservation Efforts : Hoggs Back   Contact Steve Boyes:   Email Steve Boyes Continue reading →

Tanya Smith

Abstract: A wetland integrity assessment of selected Wattled Crane breeding sites in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa Vaughan Koopman1, Tanya Smith2, Damian Walters1 ¹Mondi Wetland Programme (PO Box 559, Howick, 3290) ²Endangered Wildlife Trust Private Bag X11, Modderfontein 1645 The Continue reading →

Nicholas Theron

Abstract: The Conservation of Important Bird Areas in KwaZulu Natal Nicholas Theron Birdlife South Africa No abstract available     Presentation Topic   The Conservation of Important Bird Areas in KwaZulu Natal       Contact Nicholas Theron:     Continue reading →

Petros Ngwenya

Abstract: Herbaceous plant species richness : How does it relate to grazing veld condition? Petros M Ngwenya A vegetation study was conducted in twelve plots within the Moist Midlands Mistbelt grassland in KwaZulu-Natal, with the aim of investigating whether a Continue reading →

Gareth Boothway

Abstract: Supporting Biodiversity Conservation in the KZN Midlands Gareth Boothway Midlands Conservancies Forum, PO Box 30, Dargle, 3265 The mission of the Midlands Conservancies Forum is to facilitate and coordinate the activities of a coalition of KZN Midlands conservancies, focussing Continue reading →

Lisa Guastella

Abstract: Role of the Durban Eddy on South Africa’s east coast oceanography Lisa Guastella, Mike Roberts Oceanography Department, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7700 Bayworld Centre for Research and Education, 5 Riesling Rd, Constantia, 7806 The Durban Eddy Continue reading →

Ken Findlay

Abstract: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Southern African Cetaceans – Diversity, Status, Threats and Management Ken Findlay Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria The high diversity of some 50 species of cetaceans (of approximately 80 species worldwide) found within the Southern African sub-region Continue reading →

Albertus J. Smit

Abstract: New insights from an in situ coastal temperature climatology for South Africa: static patterns and long-term change Albertus J Smit 1, Francois Du Fois 2, Robert J Anderson 3,4, John J Bolton 4, Sheldon Dudley 5, Michael Roberts 6, Continue reading →

Jennifer Olbers

Abstract: Lost in the museum: an orphaned collection of shallow-water South African echinoderms JM Olbers1, FEW Rowe2, Y Samyn.3, CL Griffiths.1 1. Zoology Department, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa. 2. Senior Research Fellow, Australian Continue reading →

Kent Lawrence

Comparison of the mesozooplankton community structures of estuary remnants in the Richards Bay Harbour Kent Lawrence, Hendrik Jerling Coastal Research Unit of Zululand, University of Zululand Presentation Topic The original Richards Bay estuary was modified into a deepwater harbour where Continue reading →

Cameron McLean

Durban’s estuaries: current status, threats and future Cameron McLean Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality Abstract Estuaries, by virtue of their position at the end of catchments are subject to a range of direct and indirect threats. Among Continue reading →

Caiphus Khumalo

Abstract: Towards Rationalisation of Institutional Arrangements of South African Protected Areas Management Caiphus E Khumalo1, Geoffrey I Cowan1 1Department of Environmental Affairs, 315 Pretorius Street, P/ Bag X 447, Pretoria, 0001   Following the inherited historical institutional arrangements within the Continue reading →

Michael Kidd

Abstract: The Meaning of Ecological Reserve provided by the National Water Act Michael Kidd The National Water Act provides for the Minister to determine a ‘Reserve’ for all or part of any significant water resource. The Reserve is that quantity Continue reading →

Janice Tooley

Abstract: Legal Aspects of Biodiversity Offsets Janice L Tooley The use of biodiversity offsets as an environmental management tool for mitigation of impacts is becoming increasingly common practice. The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal already have detailed guidelines in place while Continue reading →

Douglas MacFarlane

Abstract: Wetland offsets:  Emerging policy and future practice Douglas Macfarlane With increasing pressures of development, impacts to wetland systems continue to accumulate despite our best efforts to promote the conservation of these important resources.  The reality is that despite our Continue reading →

Brent Coverdale

Abstract: Biometrics of developing standards for keeping mammals and birds in captivity B Coverdale1, JM Harris1, M Lombard2, S Hoffman1, C McCagh4 1Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202 2Conservation Ecology Research Unit, University of Pretoria 3African Bird of Continue reading →

Amanda Lombard

Abstract: Wildlife and welfare legislation – passing the buck Amanda Lombard1, Jean Harris2, Karen Trendler3, Andrew Blackmore2 1Conservation Ecology Research Unit, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Botany Department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 2Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades Continue reading →

Clara Bocchino

Abstract: A regional One Health approach to ecosystem and wildlife management Clara Bocchino Southern Africa seems to have almost reached a conservation impasse, which is reflected in the increased human-wildlife conflicts in and around protected areas, the unsustainable use of Continue reading →