Looking at ‘The News from our Projects’ as displayed on the Gouritz.com website gives one an indication of the wide variety of projects currently under way. One must really spend some time on the website to realize just how many people are involved in an organisation such as the GCBR. And we always need more! The project called ‘Walking under the Rocks?’ is a perfect example of how the community can become involved as citizen scientists to gather valuable information. We would love to get feedback from those who took part in any of the outings which took place at Stilbaai, Tergniet or Mossel Bay.
During the sessions of the strategy task team it became evident that non profit companies have to find sustainable income streams without relying only on grants from government to pay expenses related to core administrative costs. This is a worldwide phenomenon. Read about #Spekkies as a first initiative to start addressing some of the needs. We’ll be able to share more exciting news with you on various other financial models currently under negotiation and discussion. In the meantime please consider to bequeath an amount in your will to the GCBR and prompt your friends and family to do the same.
There is also news about the upcoming GCBR Forum meeting, our environmental education project in Vanwyksdorp in partnership with the Landmark Foundation, results of the study into business development in the biosphere, our Wonderbag project and research related to our paleolandscape.
Please provide us with feedback and news to share. You can forward the information to Mary at email@example.com.
GCBR forum & annual general MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN oudtshoorn - 16 may 2017
On the agenda we have a fascinating spread of talks:
- Flood and Fire in the Holocene – a Sedimentary Record of climate cycles - Chris Lee (Blue Hill Nature Reserve)
- The Karoo Predator Project - understanding socio-ecological mechanisms behind farmer-predator conflict in the Karoo – Marine Drouilly (University of Cape Town)
- Ecology of baboons in conflict with sheep farmers in the Karoo - Marion Tafani (University of Cape Town)
- GCBR 2017-2018 : The road ahead - Steve du Toit (DOB Project Manager)
News from our projects
Jobs for Carbon
Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!
Butterflies camping in Vanwyksdorp
Re-introducing the Green Butterflies
Success is in the hand of the people
GCBR features in study on enterprise richness of South African towns
The PALAEOLANDSCAPE near mossel bay some 60 000 years ago
A visualization of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain off Mossel Bay some 60 000 years ago during a moderate cold phase (glacial). In the distant background is the ridgeline of the current coastline some 30 km away, and the snow-capped Outeniqua Mountains. The vast and monotonous plain is drained by a languid, meandering Gouritz River which has formed extensive wetlands behind the barrier of coastal dunes. The plain is underlain by fertile soils which support a dense and productive grassland which is home to large herds of grazing mammals. These include several extinct forms such as longhorn buffalo, eland, giant Cape zebra, giant hartebeest and bluebuck, as well as the springbok, waterbuck, zebra and other plains game still found roaming the African tropical grasslands today.