Invitation for managers and researchers to participate in Proteaceae focus at Fynbos Forum

Dear All

We would like to extend a formal invitation to you participate in the activities around the conservation, management and research on Proteaceae – one of the foci at this year’s Fynbos Forum.  Draft Programme FF2012 Proteaceae

The Fynbos Forum Committee, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University (Karen
Esler), Potsdam University (Frank Schurr) and SAEON (Nicky Allsopp) have been
awarded funding under the SA-Germany Bilateral Programme (SA-Germany Year of
Science Celebrations).  To this end, we will hold a workshop and special session entitled ‘Proteaceae: Research and Management Priorities in a Changing World” at the Forum (17- 20 July, Cape St Francis).  Please note that these activities are by no means limited to South African-German participants!

We hope to expose South African researchers, students, land managers, conservationists, NGOs and environmental educationists to ongoing research on South African Proteaceae by South African and international scientists.  The workshop will be facilitated in such a way that the implications for biodiversity management in the context of environmental change are highlighted.  In addition, land managers will be able to raise issues in
management that may guide further research. The special session on Proteaceae will
be held on Wednesday 18th June (see highlights in attached draft programme), and the workshop will take place at the conclusion of the meeting (Thursday 19th, PM). Our aim is to map the way forward for new research collaborations driven by needs expressed by the South African implementers of land management.

Many of you are planning to be at the Fynbos Forum this year, but we would like to extend this invitation to those who are still thinking about it.  We would love to have you participate in the special session and workshop.  We have attached the announcement and registration forms for your attention (note: the early bird registration cut-off is soon!).

We are sure that our e-mail list is by no means complete – please feel free to forward this invitation to those who may be interested.


Karen, Frank and Nicky

Prof Karen J Esler

Stellenbosch University

Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology

Private Bag x1, Matieland, 7602, South Africa

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