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Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF)

June 8 @ 8:25 am - June 9 @ 4:00 pm

Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF)

Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF)

Annual Garden Route Fire Commemoration Event and Climate Change Indaba

Invitation to participate in the Garden Route Environmental Forum’s Annual Fire Commemoration Event and Climate Change Indaba Hosted by the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) and the Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF) The Annual Garden Route Fire Commemoration Event and Climate Change Indaba will be taking place in George on Tuesday 8 June. The event is a collaborative effort by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP), the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), the Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF), Knysna Municipality and George Municipality.

Format of the event: Face-to-Face and Virtual

Guest speakers and facilitators: 20 people | Attendees/guests: 30 people
Please RSVP by latest Friday 4 June 2021

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
**Requests for vegan, vegetarian and other special dietary requirements to please inform the GREF Secretariat of such.

INDABA DATE: 8 June 2021 TIME: 08:25 – 16:00 VENUE: The Garden Route District Municipality Council Chambers & Loerie Room, 54 York Street, George Virtual attendance – Zoom Webinar Link  

FIELD VISIT DATE: 9 June 2021 TIME: 09:00 – 16:00 VENUE: Garden Route Trail Park GPS Co-ordinates:   S33.55.01  •  E22.51.46 Dormehl Farms  6580 Barrington, Western Cape, South Africa https://www.gardenroutetrailpark.com/find-us (60 km from George)

Draft Programme

 ** Note to Guest Speakers: Speakers are urged to stay within the allocated timeframes. 

08:20 Registration & Coffee/Tea
SESSION 1

 TIME 

ITEM 

RESPONSIBILITY 

08:55 

Introduction by the Programme Director 

Mr Cobus Meiring, Chairperson of the Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF) 

09:05 

Welcome address, “Towards a climate-ready environment 

Councillor Memory Booysen, Executive Mayor, Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) 

09:30 

Keynote address 

Ms Makhotso Magdaline Sotyu, Deputy Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) 

10:00 

Reflecting on the Knysna wildfires and preparing the region towards a climate-ready environment (presentation title to be confirmed) 

Mr Elrick van Aswegen, Executive Mayor of Knysna Municipality (To be confirmed) 

 

Brief mention of biomass projects in the Karatara River and a national study: Developing a Strategic Framework for an Alien and Invasive Biomass Economy in South Africa 

Ms Pamela Booth, Environmental Manager, Knysna Municipality/Mr Cobus Meiring, SCLI 

Break (10:30 – 10:45)
SESSION 2
Facilitator Cobus Meiring, Chairperson of the Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF) 

TIME 

ITEM 

RESPONSIBILITY 

10:45 

National Disaster Management (presentation title to be confirmed) 

Ms Ané Bruwer, Executive Manager at the National Disaster Management Centre, South Africa 

11:05 

The long-term and unanticipated impacts of the 2006 storm event 

Dr. Jackie Dabrowski, Managing Director: Confluent Environmental; Research Associate: Nelson Mandela University and Extraordinary Lecturer: University of Pretoria 

11:20 Water Resource Management Dr Fanie Botha, Water Specialist and Consultant, Water Hunters

11:50 

Update on global change research in the Garden Route: connecting the dots using a systems approach

Professor Christo Fabricius, Lead, CARMa-Afrika: Capacity for African Resource Management at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) & Professor Hervé Fritz, Director of the ECO REHABS International Research Lab, CNRS France, and Nelson Mandela University

12:20

Message from the Principal of the George Campus of Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

Ms Kaluke Mawila, Principal of the George Campus of Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

12:35

Eco-nomics – is this the way towards a sustainable future?

Professor Eugene Cloete, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies


Lunch (13:05 – 13:40)
SESSION 3 Facilitator Mr Japie Buckle, Garden Route Biosphere Reserve (GRBR) 

 TIME 

ITEM 

RESPONSIBILITY 

13:40 

Message of support: Department of Forestry, Fisheries & Environment 

Mr Potlako Khati, Coastal Planning and Spatial Information, Department of Environmental Affairs (DFFE), Western Cape 

13:50

Sea-level rise and its impact on coastal infrastructure along Mossel Bay Coastline 

Ms Mushfiqah Abrahams, Conservation Officer – Environmental Management, Mossel Bay Municipality 

14:00 

Realities of managing national parks in the face of climate change 

Dr Stefanie Freitag-Ronaldson, General Manager, Garden Route and Frontier Research Unit, SANParks 

14:30 

Climate change and IAS in Africa 

Dr Arné Witt, Invasive Alien Plant Specialist and Regional (African, Asia and Caribbean) IAS Coordinator for CABI 

15:00 

Green infrastructure for disaster risk reduction: the role of wetlands in the Garden Route 

Ms Debbie Fordham, Freshwater Ecologist, SES Environmental Services 

15:30 

Environmental sustainability of the healthcare sector: Response from George Hospital 

Dr Michael Vonk, Chief Executive Officer, George Hospital 

15:40 

Closure and way forward: Relevance of climate change decisions and IDP implementation 

Mr Gerhard Otto, Head of Disaster Management, Garden Route District Municipality 

RSVP BEFORE OR ON TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2021

About the Garden Route Environmental Forum:

A regional forum for collaboration in conservation, environmental adaptation and community interaction. The confluence of regional governance and civil society, the Garden Route Environmental Forum (GREF) is a public platform and think tank for national, regional and local government, conservation bodies, academics, the media, landowners and land managers, active in the full spectrum of environmental matters in the region. Your participation will be highly appreciated.

Louise Maré: louisamare@gmail.com

Details

Start:
June 8 @ 8:25 am
End:
June 9 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Cobus Meiring
Phone:
083 626 7619
Email:
cobus@naturalbridge.co.za