If you’re interested (as I am) in finding out more about what’s being done to preserve the Cape Floristic region’s phenomenal biodiversity, and have a little time to spare tomorrow (22 May) – you might like to stop in at the Biodiversity Expo:
“To celebrate the International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May 2008), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is hosting a Biodiversity Expo to showcase the diverse range of biodiversity conservation projects currently taking place in the Cape Floristic Region”
Over the course of the day, a variety of knowledgeable speakers will cover topics such as “Urban Conservation”, “Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation” and “Restoration work on the Cape Flats”.
In addition, exhibitors from a number of organisations including Cape Nature, Biowatch, Working for Water (and many more) will be on hand to show visitors what work is being done to conserve and protect South Africa’s biodiversity:
“Visitors will be able to see what conservation work is being done, meet the people involved, find out all sorts of interesting information about biodiversity conservation, explore career opportunities, find out where to study and what to study, and obtain information on how to get involved as a volunteer.”
The Biodiversity Expo is on at Kirstenbosch’s Marquee Lawn (Gate 2) between 9am and 4pm. A full programme of events is available on the SANBI website. For more information, contact the Kirstenbosch Information Desk on 021 799 8783. There is no charge for the expo, but a normal garden entry fee applies.