For the record and before it is forgotten, I want to congratulate SANBI on the gold medal that was won at the Chelsea Flower Show for the display that had as theme Harold Porter Botanical Garden, gateway to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It was great to be part of the team building the stand.
Noticing our Biosphere
What an effort, but the fruit will be picked for many years as people around the world has now taken notice of our biosphere as one of the biodiversity hot spots in the world. Not only 1600 fynbos species occur here, but we also have a productive marine area that is home to highly threatened species such as the African penguin, bank cormorants, abalone and crayfish. I also met people from institutions that are interested in becoming involved with the funding of research and projects that can bring conservation and sustainable development together.
An example of the fruit that this effort is bearing, is the visit by a group of British botanists under the leadership of Prof Nicholas Wray of the University of Bristol on Saturday 5 November to the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, where they were met by Director Richard Starke, who gave them a thorough briefing on the work we are doing.