The GCBR worked tirelessly for almost the entire year on the submission of proposals for the funding of eight projects to be implemented over a 3 – 4 year period. The funding was approved by DOB Ecology on 29 November 2017 and implementation will commence from early 2018.
In addition to the crucial volunteer effort that has brought us thus far, the GCBR is now in a position to appoint a small core team on a full time basis as well as project-related staff and service providers. These people will support and implement an expanding portfolio of catalytic field projects, spanning ecosystem restoration of river catchments, wetlands, ecological corridors, and environmental education - to name but a few. The Board, as presented at the November Forum meeting, will continue to provide oversight, strategic guidance and connections to relevant networks. We also plan to reinvigorate and formalise the advisory committee, which will comprise of volunteers who bring experience, expertise, stakeholder interests and advice on proposals/issues/matters of concern.
The highly successful open Forum/Members format will remain intact.
The three core positions being recruited now are:
Chief Executive: reporting to the board, responsible for overall leadership, coordination and integration of project efforts/results, public and peer-group representation, operational accountability.
Programme Development Specialist: reporting to Chief Executive, responsible for project development, grant prospecting, innovation and acquisition and quality of reporting.
Learning and Evaluation Specialist: reporting to the Chief Executive, holds responsibility for drawing and communicating lessons from GCBR’s projects which have learning investments linked to an evaluation system.
Detailed information about the GCBR, about the three positions and about the process for submitting applications can be found at www.gouritz.com and shall be available from 18 December 2017. The closing date for submission of applications is Monday 15th January 2018.
Enjoy the reading of the last newsletter for 2017 and may you all have a pleasant and blessed festive season and a deserved break. Drive carefully and remember: Save Water!
News from our projects
Jobs for Carbon
#Spekkies leaping ahead
Progress with Jobs for Carbon Phase 2
Herbertsdale Green Roses blossoming in Stilbaai
Green Roses growing into leaders
Green Butterflies meeting, planting and botanising
water wise ways
Artificial wetland a sewerage filtering system
A spring party for the local environment
Land management and agriculture
Sustainable harvesting guidelines released for Honeybush "bergtee"
The effect of predators on small stock in the Karoo
Nuwe spesie ontdek in montagu
Montagu Malva gedoop
game farm management
Habitat monitoring on game farms
Nurdles – lentil-sized plastic pellets
Kids love Fin
community conservation projects
Community food garden project in Vanwyksdorp
Trans Gouritz MTB event kicks off!
upcoming events during 2018
GCBR FORUM get-togethers 2018
Please book the following dates for information-packed meetings:
- 20 February 2018
- 15 May 2018
- 14 August 2018
- 20 November 2018
trans gouritz 5 day mtb tour
A 5-Day MTB Tour from 23-27 May 2018.
Cycle over 3 mountains in 5 days, the Langeberg, the Rooiberg and the Outeniqua Mountains and criss-cross the Gouritz River and its tributaries over 5 days. This is an exciting Non Technical MTB and CycloCross Bike Stage Event.
For more information and to enter, contact: www.trisport.co.za.