AGULHAS BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE LAUNCHES NEW PHASE
Posted on the 3rd July 2012
Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative launches its next conservation phase
The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) officially launched the second phase of its operations on Thursday 7 June 2012. The launch brought key partners in ABI together, from private land users and conservation groups to government departments. The launch took place in Baardskeerdersbos. Through ABI, partners involved in conserving the region’s biodiversity can work closely together to strengthen their collective efforts.
The Agulhas Plain and broader Overberg face increasing threats to natural and agricultural land. The region has been labelled a biodiversity hotspot, with many rare, vulnerable and endangered plant and animal species found here, but which have already been impacted on by climate change, invasive alien plants and unsustainable use of resources, among other concerns. ABI will also now involve partners and projects across the entire Overberg area (it had focused on the Agulhas Plain during its first phase). Its new goal is: ‘To foster biodiversity through sustainable and integrated socio-cultural-, economic and environmental development in the Overberg’. ABI will also now focus on five key themes. These are: integrated land-use planning; nature-based tourism; environmental education, skills and awareness; climate change adaptation; and mitigation and energy for sustainable development. For more information, visit: www.agulhasbiodiversity.co.za.