Start date: Oct 9, 2018

End date: Oct 11, 2018

Time: 9:30-17:30 daily

Location: Maropeng Boutique Hotel, Sterkfontein Caves, Gauteng

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Theme: Sustainable land us for our shared future

Purpose:

  • To convene the National Biodiversity Stewardship community of practice through an annual conference
  • To explore opportunities between Biodiversity Stewardship and the Biodiversity Economy
  • To provide a platform for engagement on Biodiversity Stewardship, Land Reform and Community Conservation where they intersect
  • To provide a platform to foster commitment to implementing the Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship

Initiative:

  • To build partnerships to support protected area expansion through Biodiversity Stewardship
  • To provide a platform to build commitment towards financial sustainability of protected area expansion
  • To investigate opportunities for the implementation of Biodiversity Stewardship in land reform sites in the Gauteng Province (and the country at large)

Key outcomes:

  • Strengthened partnerships for Biodiversity Stewardship implementation
  • Implementation opportunities between Biodiversity Stewardship and the Biodiversity Economy have been unlocked
  • Sustainable financing mechanisms for collaborative Biodiversity Stewardship implementation have been identified
  • Improved commitment of role players to key areas of Biodiversity Stewardship implementation secured
  • Strategic partnerships for governance, implementation and collaboration have been established
  • Guidelines to develop a formal strategy for the inclusion of land reform considerations into Biodiversity
  • Stewardship implementation in Gauteng finalised
  • An action plan to implement the 2017 Biodiversity Stewardship Conference resolutions developed

Who should attend?

  •  High level officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DDGs, DGs and CDs)
  • National Departments including Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, National Treasury, DBSA, SANParks, etc.
  • Provincial Government: Conservation agencies and departments (HODs, CEOs and relevant officials)
  • Local government: SALGA and municipalities with Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship priorities
  • Community beneficiaries
  • A selected group of conservation, land reform and rural development Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Social Development NGO’s working in land reform and rural development
  • Academic Institutions with key interest in land reform and conservation

Important document

Registration form

For more information contact: Pam Kershaw: PKershaw@environment.gov.za or Natasha Wilson:
n.wilson@sanbi.org.za

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