• Biodiversity Stewardship The Biodiversity Stewardship mechanism is increasingly becoming the key mechanism used to expand the conservation estate and protected area network. With more and more organisations being involved in the implementation of the Biodiversity Stewardship mechanism, it is vital that all stakeholders have a common understanding of the processes involved, in order to create consistency of application between the provinces and agencies. This session invites stakeholders ...
  • Building Marine Science and Conservation Management Capacity South Africa is facing increasing pressure to its marine and coastal ecosystems as the country drives a process to unlock the economic potential of the ocean through development. It is vital that this development continues but in a manner that is sustainable to the environment. The health and prosperity of the future generations of the country depends on our ability to achieve this, as healthy ...
  • Camera Trapping Use of camera traps is becoming a research standard in ecological and conservation studies.  Camera traps offer a reliable, non-invasive, visual means of surveying wildlife with substantially reduced survey effort. With continued technological improvements and decreasing equipment costs, together with their demonstrated versatility, it is expected that they will become even more popular as a survey tool in the future.
  • Camera Traps: Standardised Applications for an Invaluable Ecological Research Tool Use of camera traps is becoming a research standard in ecological and conservation studies.  Camera traps offer a reliable, non-invasive, visual means of surveying wildlife with substantially reduced survey effort. With continued technological improvements and decreasing equipment costs, together with their demonstrated versatility, it is expected that they will become even more popular as a survey tool in the future.  In addition, with dwindling budgets ...
  • Captive Breeding and Hunting – When is Breeding and Hunting of Value to the Conservation of Biodiversity This special session focuses on captive and selective breeding of wildlife for hunting. It aims to provide a platform for the sharing of information and the debate of issues surrounding the selective breeding of wildlife, breeding of predators in captivity, and the links with the hunting industry, conservation of species in the wild, as well as the tourism and welfare implications.
  • Coastal Forest Conservation Coastal forests in South Africa are in trouble. They have been plagued by anthropogenic disturbances that likely started with the arrival of Iron Age farmers in the early 1300’s. Since then subsistence farming, cattle grazing, unregulated burning, commercial logging, agricultural plantations, urban developments, and dune mining all contributed to an estimated forest loss of 82%. Remaining forest fragments now cover only about 620km² and are ...
  • Community Conservation as a tool for improving livelihood support and local governance and achieving conservation objectives The session aims to bring role players together to discuss the importance of communities playing a strong role in conservation and using conservation as an economic driver for rural areas. The areas to be highlighted and discussed are: 1. Using conservation to improve livelihood support for rural communities and achieve conservation objectives; 2. Use of community conservation to establish conservation corridors and buffer zones for ...
  • Conservation Funding – Applying for Funding This workshop is the first of an annual campaign to build the capacity of applicants to Trusts to write better proposals providing the Trust with great project gems to pick from to ensure that funding is directed to well thought through and planned projects to be invested in. In so doing, the project portfolios of the Trusts then become robust as a portfolio of projects ...
  • Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot Feedback and discussion on the outcomes and deliverables for the past 5 years of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investment into the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot
  • Cycad Conservation, Trade and Law Enforcement Cycads are the most ancient seed plants still living today. Having survived several mass extinction events, they face extinction once more, except this time it is anthropocentric in nature. This is predominately due to high levels of poaching, to satisfy the demand for cycads both nationally and internationally. South Africa is recognised as one of the global hotspots for cycad diversity, with 38 endemic cycad ...