BIRDLIFE OVERBERG - COASTLINE AND ESTUARY WORKSHOP
Happening from the 2nd September 2017 to 3rd September 2017
BIRDLIFE OVERBERG WORKSHOP ON 2 AND 3 SEPTEMBER 2017
We decided to prioritise the spending of our available funds and future fund-raising and conservation efforts. We are organising the workshop in September with the view of getting as many individuals and agencies in our region to become part of our conservation efforts along our coastline and estuaries. We will also invite representatives of the other clubs of the WCBF to come & participate as observers.
In the long term we want to roll out and sponsor meaningful and sustainable educational campaigns along our coastline and estuaries. We have invited a variety of prominent speakers to share their experiences with us and from this we will decide on our future efforts during the final session.
DATES: 2 & 3 September 2017
VENUE: Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Main Road, Hermanus
COSTS: We have raised enough funds with our Xmas in July event to enable us to present this workshop free of charge.
RSVP: Reserve your spot by obtaining the registration form from Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 455 8402
HEREWITH THE PROGRAMME:
SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
08h30 to 09h00: Registration and coffee/ tea
MORNING SESSION – Chairperson: Anton Odendal
09h00 to 09h15: “Welcome and introduction to the goals of the workshop” – Anton Odendal of BirdLife Overberg
09h15 to 10h00: Keynote address: “ShareTheShores: mitigating the impact of people on beach breeding birds, with a focus on successes with educational campaigns” – Dr Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust.
10h00 to 10h10: Question and discussion time
10h10 to 10h50: Focus on the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust
- “The rehabilitation of seabirds at the African Penguin and Seabirds Sanctuary” – Brenda du Toit
- “The environmental education manual being implemented in local communities”– Pinkey Ngewu (10 minutes)
10h50 to 11h00: Question and discussion time
11h00 to 11h15: Tea
11h15 to 11h45: ”The annual False Bay Nature Reserve BIRDATHON” – Dale Wright, the Western Cape Conservation Manager for BirdLife South Africa.
11h45 to 11h55: Question and discussion time
11h55 to 12h20: “The Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot and some initiatives being planned for the future” – Liezl de Villiers or Tarron Dry of the Environmental Division of the Overstrand Municipality
12h20 to 12h30: Question and discussion time and wrapping up the session.
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
AFTERNOON SESSION – Chairperson: Carl Swart
13h00 to 13h30: “BirdLife South Africa’s work on estuaries in the Western Cape” – Dr Giselle Murison, Western Cape Estuaries Conservation Project Manager, BirdLife South Africa.
13h30 to 13h40: Question and discussion time
13h40 to 14h10: “A water course / wetland rehabilitation programme for the Mill Stream in Stanford” – Sheraine van Wyk of Whale Coast Conservation
14h10 to 14h30: Question and discussion time, as well as tea
14h30 to 15h00: “The Padda – Skilpadsvlei proposal review” – Tracy Sampson, Environmental Control Officer, Western Cape Government.
15 h10 to 15h25: “RAMSAR status for the Bot- Kleinmond estuary: a video presentation” – Johan Rothmann.
15h25 to 15h45: "Monitoring and research on estuaries" – Pierre de Villiers, Estuaries Manager, CapeNature
15h45 to 16h00: Concluding the session
EVENING: Social event being considered - this will be confirmed with participants.
SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
MORNING SESSION – Chairperson: Dale Wright
08h30 to 09h00: Coffee/ tea
09h00 to 09h45: “Coastal cleanups along the Overstrand Coast, including those involving schools” - Antonio da Silva-Swart
09h45 to 10h00: Question and discussion time, as well as tea
10h00 to 10h45: “Plastic pollution in paradise – working towards clean beaches” – Dr Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust.
10h45 to 10h55: Question and discussion time
10h55 to 11h10: “Feedback on the success of fishing-line bins by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust” – Brenda du Toit
11h10 to 11h30: “Feedback on the success of Whale Coast Conservation’s development of the cigarette butt bin” – Sheraine van Wyk or Antonio da Silva-Swart.
11h30 to 11h40: Question and discussion time
11h40 to 12h10: “Stony Point: The Origins of a Main-land Seabird colony” – Cuan McGeorge of CapeNature.
12h10 to 12h30: Question and discussion time and wrapping up presentations.
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 until closure: A BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON THE ROAD FORWARD:
FASCILITATOR: Dr Mark Brown
ADMIN (MINUTES): Anton Odendal & Carin Malan
This will be a directed brainstorming session to come up with specific outcomes – what are the three top areas we want to initiate projects on to make a tangible difference, who would do them, and how would this be done. This will imply that the workshop ends with an expectation, with responsibilities, of work that will be done.