SANBI National Biodiversity Planning Forum
The 15thAnnual Biodiversity Planning Forum was held in the Eastern Cape this year. About a 150 experts from all over the country attended, including people from government, the private sector and NGOs.
The Forum gives a platform for some of the brightest minds in conservation, biodiversity management various other cross sectoral fields to come together and interact on key topics. One of the key topics this year was Biodiversity and land-use planning and management, looking at how to increase the presence of biodiversity and protected area awareness in development planning. Wehncke van der Merwe represented K2C at the Forum and gave a presentation on how the Kruger National Park is taking an innovative approach towards working closer together with key partners in the landscape, as guided by their new management plan (2018-2018). The approach aims to better entrench Kruger National Park in the landscape, in order to optimise the value it brings not only through conservation, but also through the provision of socio-economic benefits.