It is almost impossible to convey in the short space of a newsletter what has been going on in the GCBR since the previous newsletter as things are moving really fast.
In this issue you will find more about the excellent results compiled in the report by Myles Mander when he did the final audit of the first Jobs 4 Carbon project which came to an end in October 2016. Congratulations to all the team members who worked so hard to produce the fine results. We shall soon be reporting on phase 2 of Jobs 4 Carbon which is already underway.
Environmental education is so important when one wants to influence the actions of future generations and what better way to do that than starting with kids. Read the articles on education to see what is being done in schools and with school children. And there are lots more to come.
It is a feather in our cap to have so many scientists in our midst who do a variety of research work and Dr Daan F Toerien is one of them. Read his interesting paper: ‘The enduring and spatial nature of the enterprise richness of South African towns’ published recently in the South African Science Journal.
Humans are so good at developing new innovative things to make our lives easier but often without knowing what the impact on other living organisms will be over a period of time. Plastic is such an invention. We are now at a point where we know that on average plastic takes up to 500 years to break down. What is even worse is that it is filling up our oceans to such extend that plastic islands are forming and the latest research shows that sea salt contains plastic particles.
Read more in this newsletter and please send us your feedback on all the articles.
GCBR forum & annual general MEETING IN OUDTSHOORN A huge Success
The recent GCBR Forum and Annual General Meeting which took place on the 16th May 2017 at the Proefplaas near Oudtshoorn was a memorable event. No less than 75 people attended the get-together. Willem Botha (GCBR Chairman) presented the Chairman's report on what has been achieved, largely by a group of volunteers, during the past year.
We welcome the following newly elected directors to the GCBR Board: Ms Najma Adams - Director Agriculture & Mining; Mr Rhett Hiseman - Chairperson of Langeberg Sector; and Mr Jan Vlok - Chairperson of Towerkop Sector.
Four fascinating talks were presented following the formal proceedings of the AGM:
- Flood and Fire in the Holocene – a Sedimentary Record of climate cycles - Chris Lee (Blue Hill Nature Reserve)
- The Karoo Predator Project - understanding socio-ecological mechanisms behind farmer-predator conflict in the Karoo – Marine Drouilly (University of Cape Town)
- Ecology of baboons in conflict with sheep farmers in the Karoo - Marion Tafani (University of Cape Town)
- GCBR 2017-2018 : The road ahead - Steve du Toit (DOB Project Manager).
News from our projects
Jobs for Carbon
Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!
Ruitersbos Primary going green
Badges for Butterflies
Vanwyksdorp Butterflies propagating spekboom
GCBR features in study on enterprise richness of South African towns
The PALAEOLANDSCAPE near mossel bay some 60 000 years ago
A visualization of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain off Mossel Bay some 60 000 years ago during a moderate cold phase (glacial). In the distant background is the ridgeline of the current coastline some 30 km away, and the snow-capped Outeniqua Mountains. The vast and monotonous plain is drained by a languid, meandering Gouritz River which has formed extensive wetlands behind the barrier of coastal dunes. The plain is underlain by fertile soils which support a dense and productive grassland which is home to large herds of grazing mammals. These include several extinct forms such as longhorn buffalo, eland, giant Cape zebra, giant hartebeest and bluebuck, as well as the springbok, waterbuck, zebra and other plains game still found roaming the African tropical grasslands today.
How our clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply
A festival celebrating the Succulent Plants that grow in the Klein Karoo.
23-25 September 2017
Calitzdorp Railway Station
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