REGISTER NOW for the SKEP Partners Conference 28-30 September 2011, Vanrhynsdorp


Dear Colleagues

 You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 SKEP Partners’ Conference which will be held at Masibambane Community Hall, in Vanrhysndorp from 28 to 30 September. The conference is themed ‘Ten Years of Adapting in the Succulent Karoo’.

 The 2011 SKEP Partners’ Conference aims to focus primarily on strengthening linkages between biodiversity conservation and livelihood-sustaining land uses in the Succulent Karoo, elevating the profile of the Succulent Karoo and mainstreaming the conservation messages of SKEP into other developmental imperatives in the Succulent Karoo.

The conference will also reflect on the work done in the Succulent Karoo since the inception of SKEP in 2001 in implementing the SKEP 20 year strategy.

The conference will also draw on the implementation experiences as well as highlighting the policy parameters within which conservation interventions have been directed throughout the Succulent Karoo.

 The two day event will proudly be hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Northern Cape Provincial Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC), and with support from CapeNature, WWF-SA, Conservation South Africa (CSA),  the West Coast District Municipality, and Matzikamma Local Municipality.

Attached please find the SKEP Partners’ Conference registration form, the draft indicative program for the SKEP Partners’ Conference,  as well as information on accommodation options in and around Vanrhynsdorp.

We would like to encourage you to book your accommodation well in advance, as we anticipate an increased demand for accommodation due to flower season in Namaqualand at the time of the conference. Conference delegates will be responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation directly.

There are no conference registration fees.

 Registration forms are also available on the SKEP and SANBI websites.

Apologies if you are receiving this email more than once.

 Shahieda Davids

Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP)

Learning Network & Communications Officer

T: 021 799 8864

C: 079 175 8363

F: 086 588 9603

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