Conversations in Conservation II

The Touw River Conservancy had their second annual Conversations in Conservation event at the Fairy Knowe Hotel in Wilderness (Garden Route, South Africa). I saw many familiar faces, but also met some new people. The talks were informative, interesting and important. It included research about the range of the baboon troops in the area by Chloé Geurbois from Nelson Mandela Universty, an introduction to the Greenpop Eden Festival of Action (which is happening 3 weeks from now!) by Matthew Koehorst of Six Kingdoms, and a presentation by Pam Booth from Knysna Municipality about the Green Scorpions, fire risk management and compliance with regulations on the control of invasive species.

Several organisations had stalls and conversation starters for the time offered for networking and talking about issues and solutions around waste management (eco- or bio-bricks), plastic pollution in the ocean, fire risk management, indigenous plants, and the mapping of wildlife sightings for research. Some of the many organisations involved was the Touw River Conservancy (as organiser, initiator and host), WESSA Eden (who also had information by Bio-wise from Knysna, the Take 5 campaign against ocean pollution by George Tourism, and me as an African Climate Reality Project representative), Landmark Project, Cape Nature, the Garden Route Botanical Garden, the Precious Tree Project and Green Campus Forum.

One of the main takeaways for me from this event is the feeling that we’re all working towards the same goals, and we are stronger when we work together.

Find out more about the work of some of the above mentioned organisations: WESSA / Bio-wise / African Climate Reality Project / Landmark Foundation / Cape Nature / Garden Route Botanical garden / Nelson Mandela University (George campus) / Precious Tree Project