INCREDIBLE NEXT STEP: BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PLAN WORKSHOP
One of the major outcomes of the Population and Habitat Viability Assessment that we hosted last year, now published by the IUCN and available here, was that a national Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was required, to ensure that the conservation of the species was elevated to governmental level.
To-date the conservation of this species has been driven by NGOs and academics and it was vital to ensure that government conservation and agriculture departments rose to this challenge. We, together with SANBI-NZG, hosted 28 stakeholders to participate in the first round of BMP stakeholder discussion as to how we turn the tide for this species.
The success of this first workshop can be attributed to both the hard work of all participants and the excellent facilitation by Coral Birss (CapeNature). The next step is now finalising the action plan, taking that to three provincial nature conservation departments for input and comment, and then hopefully we will have a product that the Minister of Environmental Affairs will support and gazette.
An emerging threat:
THESE PIONEERING game RESERVES HAVE GONE LEAD-FREE.
THEY ARE ENSURING THAT NO SPENT LEAD AMMUNITION CAN BE INGESTED BY ANY SCAVENGERS SUCH AS GROUND-HORNBILLS OR VULTURES.
Prince Buthelezi: A new hornbill hero
Celebrating young conservationists, from Mpumalanga to Limpopo to KwaZulu-Natal
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A massive thank you to Columbus Steel and Martin for donating all the stainless steel tables and sinks for the new rearing centre.
1. A drinks fridge for defrosting the captive hornbill food safely - anyone got an old but functional Coca Cola fridge lying around?
2. An Adobe Illustrator package for designing posters and awareness material.
3. A satellite phone so the team, who are mainly woman, can stay in touch with base camp or get help if needed when working in areas with no cell phone signal.
Photos by Heinrich Nel, Alf Rewin, Patience Shtio, Nthabiseng Monama and Lucy Kemp.